Macy's Contract Update - May 19, 2020




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.
As most of you are aware, our current contract expired on May 1st with an automatic 45 day extension bringing us to June 15. In the normal course of events the negotiations process would have begun by now. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with unique challenges that no one could have predicted. The fact that the stores are closed and our membership placed on furlough is one of the challenges. We believe that negotiating now, not knowing when or under what circumstances the stores will reopen, makes no sense. There are just too many unknowns as far as post-pandemic retail is concerned.
In light of these facts, we proposed extending our contract for a year. The Company declined citing the number of contracts they have to negotiate next year. We conferred with our brothers and sisters at Local 3 (Bloomingdales) whose contract expires next year and they agreed to extend their contact for a year.
The Company still said no.
We proposed a 6 month extension.
The Company said no.
It would seem that for a reasonable request from the workers that helped make the Company what it is, the answer is NO.
For the July 4th fireworks, great advertising, which will bring large groups of people together during a highly contagious pandemic, the answer is YES! Go figure.
Finally, we said let’s bargain in May. Let’s start with:
1. Employee Safety (first and foremost)
2. Covid/Pandemic Response
3. Employee Recall
Then, in June, the regular CBA (contract) issues can be discussed with an extension until August 15. The Company declined once again, only offering an extension until June 30.
They think they have have us “over a barrel”. They’ve underestimated Local 1-S. They’ve underestimated the RWDSU, UFCW and the entire labor movement. They’ve underestimated YOU! It’s up to each and every one of us to show our resolve and get the contract we deserve. Every member’s participation is vital. Take the union survey to let us know your health and safety concerns. Make sure that we have your cellphone number and email address, please send it to [email protected]. Stay tuned to Local 1-S Macy’s Workers on Facebook and local1srwdsu on Instagram for updates. 
We will take it to the public, we will take it to the press and we will take it to the streets if we have to. We had originally scheduled to exchange proposals with the Company on May 20, with an opening session slated for May 26, but these meetings are now being rescheduled due to an unforeseen emergency. We’ll keep you informed and updated of new dates. Remember that we’re stronger together! United we bargain, divided we beg!

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  • Susan Wood
    commented 2020-05-22 15:21:27 -0400
    Before anyone go back to work which some of us did, you should which Macys did to do is test all their employees to make sure we all clean of this the employees who are working they do not know who have this virus and who do not,so they are willing to a chance on their live well god bless you all,because I will not…..THANK YOU LOCAL 1S for protecting your fellow colleagues
  • Eloina Diaz
    commented 2020-05-22 14:03:44 -0400
    Yo le digo a Giselle que estamos contigo en ‘no ‘ regresar a trabajar hasta que demuestren la compañía qué hay seguridad y que la tienda está desinfectada como lo están haciendo en los subways y además que instalen un mecanismo para detectar quién tuvo el virus y quien lo tiene!. Y sobre todo un equipo de protección para no respirar todo el dust qué hay en esa tienda! Stay firm and together we can accomplish many things!
  • Gisele Rodriguez
    commented 2020-05-22 12:44:31 -0400
    I work in Herald Square on the 10th floor. I’m after because they haven’t disinfected it and they have been calling us to come in and process merchandise on volunteer bases. I personally will not go in until I see that they have correctly disinfected and apply all the C.D.C and Dept. Of Health code are implemented. I stand with the union who is working to keep us safe.
  • Eloina Diaz
    commented 2020-05-21 12:40:53 -0400
    All my blessings let’s keep strong together,
    Eloína D
    Associate in the handbags dept. ( center court ).
  • Eloina Diaz
    commented 2020-05-21 12:38:07 -0400
    I am very concern to go back and maintain 6 ‘ F apart from co workers and clients behind those registers and not to mention the lockers area, and the Small close employees dining this room area with tables all together, not refrigerators to keep our lunch we have to keep lunch in our lockers. working with minimum wage minus taxes…. you see a check with 12 dollars an hour!. People don’t want to risk in those circumstance it does not worst it for the pitiful amount of money Macy’s pay!. Is better to stay in unemployment!. Macy’s needs to change conditions and salaries to go back to work!.
    Associates in the hang out department at herald square. ED
  • Emilia Parra
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  • Susan Wood
    commented 2020-05-20 13:40:46 -0400
    We all must come together and fight the vicious fight
    United we stand
  • Alicia Bottaro
    commented 2020-05-19 20:00:31 -0400
    United we are strong and we ’ll win .Stay strong,safe and healthy. Best wishes to everyone. LOVE Alicia Bottaro
  • Kathleen Campbell
    commented 2020-05-19 14:34:28 -0400
  • Ruby Larcher
    commented 2020-05-19 14:06:12 -0400
    Way to go. United we stand. One people, one love. We love you.
  • Tony Vaccarelli
    commented 2020-05-19 12:49:56 -0400
    We need to stand united. As a fine jewelry associate, I would find it impossible to maintain a 6 foot distance from client, not to mention passing jewelry back and forth.
  • Evelyn Bido
    commented 2020-05-19 12:30:46 -0400
    Now is time to show Macy’s who we are, by standing together and strong💪🏼
  • Sharlynn M Vasquez
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  • Janet Dee
    commented 2020-05-19 11:58:58 -0400
    We all need to stick together and show Macy’s we mean business negotiating at this time is totally ridiculous the company is being totally unfair so we need to fight and we need to fight hard