Local 400 Members from Macy's at Metro Center pose for a picture to show their love for their customers this Valentine's Day. Photo by Karlyn Williams

On Valentine’s Day, Macy’s members across the country showed their love and appreciation for their customers, distributing handbills thanking them for shopping union.

Local 400 members working at Macy’s joined with their sisters and brothers at Locals 1-S, 3, 5, 21, 23,101, 367, and 1445 to participate in this action and send a message to management that the quality service Macy’s workers provide and the strong customer loyalty they build has more than earned them a fair contract in the next round of bargaining.

Members at Bloomingdale's in Chevy Chase, Maryland was made aware by this National Day of action as well. Photo by Leilah Mooney.

Recently, Macy’s members from different parts of the country held the first of what will be a series of meetings to discuss the upcoming round of bargaining. They found they were faced with a common set of issues and problems in their workplaces including human resources inconsistencies, poor implementation of “My Schedule Plus,” reduced hours, and pending changes to employees’ pension plans.
As UFCW’s largest non-food retail employer, Macy’s saw strong holiday sales at the close of 2011, and overall has maintained its strong market position despite the economic downturn. Macy’s is one of the nation’s largest retailers, and its workers make up 77 percent of the UFCW’s non-grocery retail membership. Retail jobs currently account for more than 22 percent of all employment in the U.S. As this sector continues to grow, so will its importance. As more and more Americans join the ranks of retail workers, the quality of these jobs will define the quality of life in our country.