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Tuesday, October 21 2014 @ 11:42 AM CDT

Guitar Center and Bain Capital: Let Workers Unite for a Fair Workplace

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We are the workers of Guitar Center in Chicago and we need your help. It’s getting harder and harder to survive while working here, so we’ve asked the company to sit down with us and talk about improving things. We took action after our coworkers at the Guitar Center in Manhattan got organized and successfully won a union at their workplace, and we’ve decided to join them.

Guitar Center and Bain Capital: Let Workers Unite for a Fair Workplace

SUPPORT Guitar Center workers' union drive

SIGN THEIR PETITION:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/guitar-center-and-bain-1?source=c.url&r_by=7548520

Workers at the Guitar Center in Central Chicago are organizing for a living wage and respect on the job.

BACKGROUND

We are the workers of Guitar Center in Chicago and we need your help. It’s getting harder and harder to survive while working here, so we’ve asked the company to sit down with us and talk about improving things.

We took action after our coworkers at the Guitar Center in Manhattan got organized and successfully won a union at their workplace, and we’ve decided to join them.

As you can probably guess, we’re also musicians and artists. We are passionate about music and we do our best to make sure our customers get the right instruments and equipment to reach their full potential. We love our jobs and we love being around music all day.

The problems started when the company was bought by Bain Capital. Now, non-sales workers barely get more than minimum wage and rarely get raises, all while being asked to do more and more work. Guitar Center doesn't offer part time workers health benefits and we almost never receive paid sick days or vacation time.

Sales workers used to have decent conditions but now commissions have been lowered. We don’t get paid sick days and can make as little as minimum wage. We have ever increasing mandatory sales requirements but we are being forced to do more non-sales work that makes it harder to reach those requirements.

So we decided to come together. We're organizing with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and we are asking the company to recognize our union and negotiate for a fair contract. With Bain Capital’s track record, we need your support. Let Bain Capital know you support our right to come together for a fair workplace.

In Manhattan, Guitar Center hired the notorious anti-union law firm Jackson Lewis to try to stop workers from winning a union, and the workers were subjected to daily, mandatory anti-union meetings, one-on-one appeals from the managers and constant misinformation from the company.

The industry has already spoken. A growing list of artists (see below) support our right to unite for change at our workplace. Tom Morello said, “I support the Guitar Center workers in their effort to unite for better working conditions. Won’t you join me?”

Stand with us and tell Bain Capital and Guitar Center that you support our right to come together for a fair workplace.

Artist Endorsees:

Tom Morello, Billy Bragg, Steve Earle, Kathleen Hanna (Le Tigre, Bikini Kill), JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN), John Darnielle (the Mountain Goats), Boots Riley (The Coup), Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), Local 802 AFM (Associated Musicians of Greater New York), Ted Leo, Anti-Flag, Tommy Siegel (Jukebox the Ghost), Sergio Vega (Deftones, Quicksand), Alan Cage (Quicksand), Max Bernstein (Ke$ha), Matt Cross (Orange 9mm and ex-Guitar Center worker), Katastrophe, Leftover Crack, So So Glos, Propagandhi, Spring Heeled Jack, Bigger Thomas

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