Local 400 members working at Macy’s overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year collective bargaining agreement, providing for fair pay, good benefits and safer working conditions.
Having endured a multi-month shutdown when the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, Macy’s stores have reopened and its associates are back at work. The contract, covering 575 Local 400 members, addresses key issues that arose over the past 15 months.
Its major provisions include:
- Annual pay increases in line with other UFCW Locals’ agreements with Macy’s.
- Fully maintained health and welfare benefits with a 30 percent cap on the employee share of premium costs.
- Strengthened provisions improving working conditions and protecting members’ health and safety, including signage, distancing, and plexiglass barriers, and a commitment by Macy’s to investigate any unsafe working condition brought to management’s attention.
- Pandemic language providing for clear protocols in the event of a future outbreak comparable to COVID-19.
- The addition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as an observed holiday for associates.
“Our Macy’s members first bore the brunt of the economic consequences of the COVID pandemic, and then they became frontline workers putting their health at risk to serve their customers,” said Local 400 President Mark P. Federici. “They got the worst of both worlds. But their new contract helps to recognize their sacrifice and courage, and puts them on better footing in the years to come. I couldn’t be more proud of them, and their union will have their back every step of the way.”