Macy’s workers organizing on key contract issues
By Will Parry
By Mother’s Day, the management of Macy’s Washington state stores will have received seven vivid reminders that their employees mean business in current contract negotiations.
Delegations of union Macy’s workers and community supporters have scheduled spirited actions at the company’s stores in Seattle (Northgate and Downtown), Bellingham, Tukwila, Everett, Federal Way and Lynnwood.
Members of the Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Americans, many of them Macy’s shoppers, will join the demonstrations at these two stores:
• Downtown, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 8; and
• Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood at
3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13,
The issues in the current round of bargaining are critically important.
“Increasingly, Macy’s is moving toward a part-time work force,” Steve Lansing, UFCW Local 21 community organizer, said. “As a result, workers struggle to earn a livable income and often find they do not receive enough hours to qualify for health care coverage. Even if they do qualify, the coverage is usually unaffordable.”
“Work schedules are not dependable, with the number and timing of hours varying from week to week. Workers are even disciplined for missing work when they are sick.”
Join with PSARA as we express our solidarity with the Macy’s workers.