Rising Up and Raising Standards

Macy’s workers from UFCW Local 21 gather to vote on their latest contract after negotiations.

Macy’s workers from UFCW Local 21 gather to vote on their latest
contract after negotiations.

Macy’s and Bloomingdales workers are mobilizing to raise the bar for retail workers’ wages, benefits, and working conditions.

Macy’s workers from across the country have been working together to send a message to the company that not only do retail workers have a right to join a union, but union workers are willing stand up for each other to make sure that all Macy’s workers have a contract that  ensures a job at Macy’s comes with the kind of pay, benefits, and working conditions that makes it a good, family supporting job.

Macy’s workers from UFCW Local 21 in Seattle, Washington are celebrating a new union contract that raises wages, includes lump sum bonuses, increases commission rates, and improves scheduling. Together in their union, the workers fought back against the company’s effort to be open on holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Instead of working those days, associates can spend time with family.

It’s only because workers stuck together in their union that they were able to sit down with the company and negotiate improvements in their wages, benefits, and working conditions. It’s a tough economy, but Macy’s is a successful, profitable company. They proved that when workers stick together, they can share in their company’s success.

During their negotiations, other UFCW Members from New York, California, Pittsburgh, Washington, Virginia, Washington DC and part in an nationwide show of unity by hand billing shoppers at their stores. In this show of solidarity, Macy’s associates thanked their customers for shopping union, and asked them to support keeping jobs at Macy’s good union jobs.