By  on June 2, 2016
Union leaders and labor group members rally outside Macy's Herald Square flagship.

NEW YORK — Union leaders and labor groups from as far as Alabama on Thursday joined Local 1S of the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union at Macy's Herald Square flagship for a rally in support of wage increases and affordable benefits for the 5,000 workers covered by the three-year contract, which expired on May 1. Since the expiration date, bargaining has continued as part of a 45-day extension period.

"Macy's looks at workers as an expense, not an asset," said Ken Bordieri, president of Local 1S. "Macy's wants people who work on commission to work 75 minutes per day without getting paid, and we want the right to opt out of working on holidays. Company-sponsored health care is unaffordable. We took our strike vote and have authorization, if necessary. Our members want a good contract."

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