Workers at US department store chain Macy’s in Washington state are planning to launch a three-day strike from Black Friday (24 November 2023) through to the following Sunday, labour union UFCW Local 3000 has announced.
The workers are protesting unfair labour practices and demanding better wages.
The strike will affect three of Macy’s busiest stores: Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood and Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham.
It will begin at 3am on 24 November, with workers expected to return from 3am on 27 November.
On its website, UFCW Local 3000 stated: “Employees are not required to notify or inform Macy’s management of their absence due to the strike.
“Moreover, Macy’s is prohibited from taking disciplinary action or deducting attendance credits for your involvement in the ULP strike, as it would constitute an unfair labour practice, violating the National Labour Relations Act (NLRA). If there are any attempts by management to discipline, or even the threat alone, promptly report the incident to your Picket Captain.”
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Excluding seasonal employees, the department store chain had 94,570 full-time and part-time employees as of 28 January 2023, with workers earning the minimum wage of $15 per hour.
A regulatory filing shows that 8% of the total employees are represented by unions.