Dear Local 1-S member,Let me start by saying your union, Local 1-S RWDSU, has your back! We have been fighting tirelessly for you throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout our scheduled contract negotiations this spring to ensure you have EVERY PROTECTION. That has included the union performing our own temperature checks at stores where Macy's has refused -- to ensure YOUR SAFETY personally, fighting for a reopening agreement -- to put YOUR HEALTH first, and working with each and every one of our members to make sure you have the resources you needed and continue to need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading
The following is the result of several weeks of negotiating with the company. Every effort was made to make reopening as safe and as secure as possible for returning members while also allowing members to delay their returning to work based on personnel issues. We’re now immediately going into contact negotiations with the company, as always our primary concern is our members. Continue reading
The following article originally appeared in Women's Wear Daily. Union workers in four Macy’s stores will be negotiating a new contract, despite many unknowns related to the pandemic shutdown. By Rosemary Feitelberg on May 20, 2020 Union workers at four New York area Macy’s stores will soon be negotiating a new contract despite the many unknowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading
. . To All Local 1-S members: . We’d like to start by saying that we hope that this communication finds you and your families safe and well during this challenging time, and to let you know that our fight to protect your rights is ongoing. We are actively working to ensure the best possible agreements in regards to your safety, the furlough and our upcoming contract negotiations. . Continue reading
“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).
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
See below for federal and state benefits available to all workers who jobs are impacted by COVID-19.
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
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
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.