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Workers are the Real Stars at Macy’s

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

By Kristen Beifus

PSARA joined Macy’s associates for not one but two days of ruckussy, energy packed, informational picketing in July. These were the first informational pickets ever at Macy’s in WA State and were brought on by the all cuts contract proposal that Macy’s management had put on the table. Management proposed cuts to health care, cuts to staffing, cuts to pension funding, elimination of a progressive wage scale, inability to use earned time off on demand…and Macy’s is demanding that workers commit to working on the Thanksgiving holiday. Macy’s admits that they are doing all of this to shore up profits. Macy’s associates have had enough!

Robby Stern kicked off both days of picketing with his “Power to the People” chant. It was never more appropriate. Over 100 community members joined Macy’s workers from all seven stores on two of the hottest days of the year. Boisterous picketing occurred at both the Downtown and Northgate stores.

Macy’s associates told their stories and led fierce and relentless chants in front of their own stores while leafleting their customers. Community allies connected issues of human rights, marriage equality, transportation, LGBTQ workers, women, families, social security, and children to the importance of the Macy’s bargain. Community members were inspired by the courageous Macy’s workers, and the workers were strengthened by the solidarity of the community members.

Unfortunately, Macy’s continues to ignore the public support for their workers and the proof is at the bargaining table. Just a week after these extraordinary pickets, the Macy’s bargaining team offered only minor shifts that demonstrated that they do not value their workers.

Macy’s associates are holding strong. They know that PSARA members and other community members are with them. So please keep yourself hydrated and cool, PSARA, as Macy’s workers need you for this journey. Retail workers are rising and demanding decency, dignity and respect from their employer!!!

Kristen Beifus is a community organizer with UFCW 21, a PSARA Executive Board member, and Co-chair of PSARA’s Environmental Committee. Garet Munger is Secretary-Treasurer of the PSARA Education Fund and PSARA’s official photographer.

PSARA members stand up for working Moms and all workers at Macy’s

Monday, June 25th, 2012
PSARA members stand up for Macy's workers May 2012

Photo by PSARA member Garet Munger

PSARA members stand up for working Moms and all workers at Macy’s (Tuesday May 8, 2012). UFCW 21 is in negotiations with this very successful retailer and is working to achieve wages and working conditions that will support families as macy workers struggle to balance work with family responsibilities.

Macy’s workers organizing on key contract issues

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

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, 

Mother’s Day. 

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.