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Last week, we reported that the employees at the Macy's in Herald Square might go on strike. Today, Crain's confirms that the strike has been authorized and will come into effect "if negotiations fail to produce a new contract by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday." We've also now learned that this will effect four Macy's locations: the flagship in Herald Square, the Bronx, Queens and White Plains.
As previously mentioned, one of the major gripes is that the employee's full-time hours are said to be in jeopardy, and here's how: "Officials from Local 1-S of the union contend management wants to implement a new electronic scheduling system that would erode full-time shifts, seniority rules and overtime." In addition, Union officials have said that Macy's is only willing to shell out a 35-cent hourly wage increase and "an additional 5-cent increase for workers with outstanding performance reviews," which is pretty crappy when you consider that some of the wages begin at $7.50 an hour. Naturally, the union is seeking for a higher amount, but in the meantime, temporary workers have already been hired just in case a decision isn't reached—or as it was worded in the Times classifieds, "in anticipation of a possible labor dispute."
· Macy's workers authorize strike [Crain's]
· The Employees of Macy's Herald Square Might Go on Strike [Racked NY]