Macy's Inc. (M) takes a double shot of bad labor news

California strike vote followed by NLRB loss

CINCINNATI - About 1,200 Macy’s Inc. employees in San Francisco have authorized a strike against the Cincinnati-based retailer, after voting 88 percent against the company’s latest contract offer.

Meanwhile in Massachusetts, 41 employees in the cosmetics and fragrance departments at a Macy’s store in Saugus have won the right to bargain as a so-called “micro-union,” after a ruling Thursday by the U.S. Labor Relations Board.

Both events are part of a trend toward more labor activity at retail companies nationwide, said Ken Margolies, senior associate for The Worker Institute at Cornell University's School for Industrial and Labor Relations.

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