Macy's and NYC Union Reach Tentative Agreement, Avoiding Strike


Macy's and the union representing workers at its flagship Herald Square store and other New York City locations have reached a tentative agreement, averting a strike that had been called for Thursday.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which represents the 5,000 workers, said on its Facebook page that its negotiating committee had approved a tentative agreement and members should report for their regular shifts.

"We are pleased with the outcome of our overnight negotiations and happy to report that a tentative agreement between Macy's and Local 1S for our workers has been reached, therefore averting a possible strike today," a Macy's spokeswoman said.

Details of the agreement weren't available. The union had threatened to start a strike Thursday at the flagship store and other New York City stores to protest what it said was a costly health care plan and low wages.

Retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Gap Inc. have faced pressure from rising wages at a time when sales have stalled. In May, Macy's reported its worst quarterly sales since the recession and earlier this year laid off thousands of employees and closed 40 stores.

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