Macy’s Workers, Union Reach Tentative Agreement

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Macy’s and the union representing workers at its flagship Manhattan store and three other New York locations reached a tentative contract agreement Thursday following all-night negotiations.

Local 1-S of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union said workers at the Union Square flagship store would begin voting on the five-year proposed pact on Thursday. Workers at the other stores, in the Bronx, Queens and Westchester County, would vote next Monday through Wednesday, it said.

“This is a solid contract and it reflects the fact that our workers are the true magic of Macy’s,” said RWDSU president Stuart Appelbaum.

On Monday, more than 4,000 workers had voted to strike if a new contract was not reached by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

Macy’s spokeswoman Elina Kazan said in a statement that the tentative agreement reflected the efforts by both sides to address “the economic and business realities of the retailing industry, while keeping jobs at Macy’s among the best.”

The issues dividing the parties had centered on pension benefits for new employees and health care costs.

The union has said Macy’s is financially sound but wants to reduce paid time off, eliminate pension benefits for new employees and raise the cost of health care.

Do you side with Macy’s or the union? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • jay p

    julia you are a bitter woman and a little be off, all these strikers are experienced associates, macys will lose more by employing less experienced people.dont you think that if macys treat associates better it will increase motivation and productivity?? With everything on the rise I believe they deserve to get what they are asking for. In macys the work environment for employees is not that good.

  • alejandrina e

    i m with the union. Those poor associates stand on their feet all day and have a rigid policy to follow. The associates do the worse job in the company and the most important, because of the associates macys it is what it is today. Macys never close the stores in christmass they open 24 hours. These associates practically spend not time with their love ones.

  • Julia

    The times they are a changing…. If you don’t like your job you’re free to find another. There are at least 3 people for every striker that would be happy to take the job.

    • drny

      @Julia – everyone deserves a living wage, union or non-union!

    • Tie Lex

      @ Julia – obviously you have no heart. It’s people like you that’s gonna turn America in to a third world country. I bet you are one of those customers that go to a store and buy a clearance dress for $29.99(with a coupon plus want a damage discount) and expect the associate to be your doctor, therapist, consultant, lawyer, mother, father, sister, brother etc……..

      These are people too. Macys laid off a whole bunch of people and each associate is already doing 2 or 3 peoples job in 1 shift for the same pay and already reduced benefits. At the same time they still provide outstanding service to the customers. Ask Macys; they will tell you that their associates make ‘magic happen everyday.’

      Get the facts and have some empathy.

      • Wig Wam Willie

        “Macys laid off a whole bunch of people and each associate is already doing 2 or 3 peoples job in 1 shift for the same pay and already reduced benefits.”

        What’s your point? Every large and mid-sized company in every industry has done the same thing. Welcome to the REAL world.

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