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Will Macy's Workers Strike in San Francisco?

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Macy's is one of the Bay Area's largest employers, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows for the megachain of department stores. SFGate reports that Macy's workers at the store's Union Square and Stonestown Galleria locations have authorized a strike over commissions.

Because everyone loves to shop online these days, Macy's, —like many retailers— has suffered from decreased brick-and-mortar sales. While online sales are going strong, the company is looking for ways to offset the cost of operations in its offline locations and boost profit margins. After all, running a giant department store isn't cheap.

One solution is to limit sales commissions for current employees (and eliminate them for new hires), but that idea doesn't appeal to the store's 1000 unionized employees. Thanks to those commissions, Macy's salespeople make more than most retail employees. It's no wonder they would consider a strike to save them.

There is, however, a difference between authorizing a strike and work stoppage, and SFGate notes that the two sides could still reach an agreement. For now, it's business as usual. But just in case negotiations fall apart, you might want to do your back-to-school shopping early this year.
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