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NEW YORK, June 16 (Reuters) - Macy's Inc (M.N) and the union representing 4,000 of its New York area workers were still in talks on Thursday morning after negotiations continued through the night to avert what could be the department store chain's first strike since 1972.
The current contract, signed in 2006, was extended by 45 days in early May and expired at midnight on Wednesday. [ID:nL3E7HG0AJ]
"Talks are still ongoing. Negotiations have continued in the hope of reaching a tentative deal," said Dan Morris, a spokesman for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers.
Any deal would then go to a vote by union members, primarily sales staff at Macy's flagship in Manhattan and three other New York area stores.
The union is demanding better wages, pension and health benefits, and hours, saying that Macy's recent sales and profit gains warrant improvements in their working conditions. (Reporting by Phil Wahba; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)