“Roughly 8% of Macy’s workers are unionized and it isn’t clear how the furloughs will apply to them in particular. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which represents roughly 6,000 Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s employees in the New York region, is in discussions with the retailer over employee pay and benefits, according to union President Stuart Appelbaum. ‘Macy’s needs to do much more for its employees than what they have announced so far,’ he said. The union had already negotiated that its workers get paid for the first two weeks that stores were closed, under an agreement that expires April 1, according to a union spokeswoman.”
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