Talks continuing to avoid strike at Macy’s flagship store

NEW YORK (AP) — The union representing workers at Macy’s flagship store in New York City say talks are continuing overnight with company executives in an effort to reach a deal on a new contract.

The union says workers will not go on strike Thursday morning, but if no agreement is reached, they are prepared to strike later Thursday.

The current contract expired at midnight Wednesday.

Stuart Applebaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which represents the 5,000 workers including the 3,500 from the store, says big issues include health care, unpredictable schedules and pension plans for senior employees.

The store, a tourist attraction famous for its prominence in the city’s Thanksgiving Day parade, has not had a strike since 1972.