After three years of negotiations, 50 employees at three Manhattan-based Shoe Mania stores have signed a new union contract that provides annual pay raises and guaranteed leaves of absences.
On March 25, the majority of Shoe Mania store workers ratified the contract, which evolved from a labor dispute regarding wage violations in 2009. As part of the contract, hourly workers will receive annual commission raises and pay raises and, for the first time, paid vacations. Commissions for workers at the footwear chain will start at 5% and increase to a maximum of 8%.
The guaranteed leave clause was also a big victory for the workers, as 49 of the 50 were born outside of the U.S. Now, they can return to their native countries for several weeks at a time every other year without losing their jobs in the process. Read more.