Workers at the Macy’s warehouses in Hayward and Union City have been working without a contract and under a wage freeze since March 2020, just as the pandemic started. In that difficult year, Macy’s has cut their hours; made family medical coverage unaffordable, and has refused to cover the rising cost of medical coverage.
On June 12, the workers took their plight directly to the shopping public at Macy’s flagship San Francisco store. In additional to picketing, they distributed leaflets asking people to talk to Macy’s managers to let them know that shoppers support the workers’ struggle for fairness. “Contract talks are continuing—but slowly,” says Business Rep Jesse Casqueiro.