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Things must be bad for the employees at Macy's in Herald Square if members of their union were willing to stand outside and picket yesterday afternoon in the heat. WWD reports that Macy's Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union is currently in negotiations to renew a five-year contract that will expire next week. But, there's a few obstacles.
Union president Stuart Appelbaum says that Macy's is trying to cut the hours of full-time employees, take away the pension benefits from new employees, and wants to jack up the cost of health care benefits. The insult to the injury? Macy's is doing pretty good right now, profit-wise.
Appelbaum says: "The company is doing really well and it's the employees who are the real magic of Macy's. They're in a position to offer decent wages and hours, but what Macy's is trying to do is cut back on what employees earn." A union vote will take place this week to decide whether or not to strike—and if the decision is "yes," it'll be the first one since 1972. Which would mean you'd have to shop at the moldy Macy's in Downtown Brooklyn, which just got a makeover on its parking garage.
· Union Rallies at Macy's Herald Square [WWD, subscription req'd]
· Long-Neglected Brooklyn Macy's Finally Getting a Makeover [Racked NY]