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Macy’s Workers in Saugus, Mass., Finally Get a Voice on the Job with Local 1445

source: Associated Press

source: Associated Press

On July 31, cosmetics and fragrances workers at a Macy’s store in Saugus, Mass., finally got a union voice on the job with Local 1445 after the National Labor Relations Board issued a 3-1 ruling earlier in July that the group of 41 workers was large enough to unionize. The cosmetics and fragrances workers at Macy’s voted 23-18 to join Local 1445, and hope to sit down at the bargaining table to negotiate their first contract in the next few months. The Macy’s store in Saugus employs over 100 workers.

“These workers fought hard to have a voice on the job,” said Local 1445 President Richard Charette. “They know that when workers stick together as a union, they have bargaining power and a collective voice that they simply do not have when they are not unionized.”

Failure to Heed Concerns of Workers Playing Role in Walmart’s Poor Sales

10557532_857764227584809_361373269439561759_oRecently, some Wall Street analysts have predicted that big box stores like Walmart will meet their demise.

Why? Not only are customers turning increasingly to online retailers or smaller, more convenient stores—which cut into the market share of big box retailers—but also because business practices like those of Walmart continually disregard the well-being of their workers, which is also bad for business.

Walmart began seeing a real problem with keeping its shelves stocked last year, as they continued to cut more and more hours from their employees’ schedules. Not only does this mean that workers continue to struggle to get enough hours and pay to make ends meet, but also that customers get angry or frustrated and turn elsewhere—which many weren’t shy about expressing on social media with photos of empty shelves, or even expired food.

Walmart workers have been talking about this issue for quite some time now, but that has not stopped America’s largest retailer from continuing to try to put profits above the well-being of the hard-working people they employ.

But Walmart’s poor business practices are backfiring. The company’s same-store sales have gone down in 12 of the past 20 quarters in U.S. stores, which is a drastic difference from their heyday.

If Walmart wants to see better business and profits, it’s time for Walmart to really listen to its employees and provide good jobs that pay decent wages.

UFCW and RWDSU Members Support Guitar Center Workers with National Day of Action

UFCW and UFCW/RWDSU members participated in a national day of action on July 11 to show their support for Guitar Center workers. Members leafleted customers and talked to workers at Guitar Center stores about workers joining the UFCW/RWDSU to have a union voice on the job and to also call on the company to bargain in good faith with workers during contract negotiations. Workers at Guitar Center stores in Chicago, New York, and Las Vegas have already voted to join the UFCW/RWDSU.

UFCW Locals 1, 7R, 8GS, 21, 27, 75, 135, 152, 328, 367, 400, 455, 464A, 540, 700, 881, 1000, 1208, 1360, 1428, 1439, 1442, 1459, 1473, 1546, and 1564 along with UFCW/RWDSU Locals 108, 338, and 1034 participated and more than 50 Guitar Center stores were leafleted across the country. Guitar Center workers are demanding fair wages, affordable benefits, paid sick days, and a fair contract. Locals can support Guitar Center workers by:

-Calling Guitar Center corporate headquarters at 818-735-8800 or tweeting @GuitarCenter and telling CEO Mike Pratt that workers deserve a fair contract

-Calling 212-684-5300 or emailing changeguitarcenter@gmail.com to become involved in the campaign

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