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Statement From RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum On Macy's Furlough Announcement

“RWDSU members at Macy’s are covered under a collective bargaining agreement. Two weeks ago we negotiated historic provisions for workers that expire on April 1st. Critically it included plans to negotiate future terms, which we are still doing. Macy's needs to do much more for its employees than what they have announced so far -- and we are pushing them to do that. They will be judged in the future by how they treat their employees now," said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). 

A Message From Your Union: We Are Going Through Unprecedented Times

Dear RWDSU Local 1-S members, We are going through unprecedented times as the whole nation deals with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many RWDSU members have been laid off and are out of work. Others continue to work in such essential industries as health care and nursing homes, supermarkets, drug stores and food processing. Everybody is worried about their own safety as well as the safety of their families, friends and communities. During these times, the union has been working hard to ensure the safety of our workers and advocating on your behalf with employers and government to ensure safer working conditions, paid time off, paid sick leave, paid family leave, faster access to unemployment insurance, and working to ensure our immigrant workers are not forgotten in relief efforts. We also have been pulling together a list of resources that could be helpful to those of you navigating government benefits and are looking for additional resources to help tide you over. On the RWDSU website you can now find a special COVID-19 section where we will continue to post information on COVID-19, resources and aid you may be eligible for, as well as connect you to government benefits and job openings in your state. You can access this page at the top of our website too. The union is here to help. Please reach out to your union representative if you need additional guidance on what is happening at your workplace and what benefits are available to you. Additionally, our international President Stuart Appelbaum has recorded a video message for members.      May you and your family be safe, RWDSU Local 1-S President Angella Harding

Benefits Available To Workers Whose Jobs Were Impacted By COVID-19

See below for federal and state benefits available to all workers who jobs are impacted by COVID-19.     

Update on Store Closure: Letter of Understanding Between The Union and Macy's

Local 1-S RWDSU has reached an agreement with Macy's on pay procedure over the next two weeks while union stores are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please read the letter below and contact us with any questions at (212) 594-6910.       Continue reading

A message from your union on COVID-19 virus safety

We wanted to share with you this information that was prepared by the national AFL-CIO. There is a lot of information currently out there about the COVID-19 virus, but we thought that this contained valuable information in dealing with this outbreak. Should you have any concerns, please reach out to your union representative. Our contract outlines your paid-sick time. If you have any questions, please call our office 212-594-6910. Sincerely,President Angella Harding

Local 1-S At The RWDSU Convention in Atlanta

RWDSU Local 1-S attended the RWDSU Convention in Atalanta, Georgia, from March 1-3, 2018. Local 1-S representatives helped to craft resolutions that will guide the direction of the RWDSU over the next four years. We shared the story of our contract negotiations with Macy's, sharing how our local was able to achieve such a strong contract that sets an example for retail stores throughout the country. Local 1-S President Angella Harding was elected to the RWDSU Board, giving her a leadership position that will give 1-S a voice within the union. 

Medical Enrollment

As a result of the 2016 contract negotiations significant improvements were made to the medical options offered to all eligible local 1-S members.     Continue reading

VIDEO: Local 1-S Officers Take The Oath Of Office

RWDSU Local 1-S officers took the oath of office today at the RWDSU National Office headquarters in New York City. RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum swore in Angella Harding as President and Ron Chencinski as Secretary-Treasurer. Also sworn in were Vice Presidents Mike Jones, Curtis West, Sherry Hamilton-Elder, as well as Felix Ocasio as Recorder. 


LOCAL 1-S and MACYS HAVE A NEW 4 YEAR AGREEMENT!!! RATIFICATION MEETING ARE AS FOLLOWS: Queens - Monday, June 20th at Italian Charities Parkchester - Tuesday, June 21st at St. Paul’s Church White Plains - Wednesday, June 22nd at Grace Episcopal Church Herald Square – Thursday, June 23rd at St. John the Baptist (Parish Hall) All meetings are at 6:30 PM Sincerely, Your Local 1-S Contract Negotiation Committee

New York Times: Macy’s and Union Have a Deal, Averting a Strike

The following story appeared in the New York Times. Macy’s and the union representing thousands of its workers in the New York City area reached a tentative deal for a new labor contract on Thursday, avoiding what would have been the first strike at the nation’s largest department store in more than 40 years.   Continue reading