More than 100 Guitar Center Employees Ratify their First Union Contract

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Reprinted from Noisy by Kim Kelly on July 11, 2017.

Despite the music retail giant’s union-busting efforts, four stores have won raises and healthcare for over 100 workers.

Love it or hate it, if your interests or hobbies are even the slightest bit music-adjacent, the hulking specter of Guitar Center is omnipresent. The big box chain is the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, and its more than 280 stores dot the strip malls and suburban shopping centers of the United States. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) has been working to organize Guitar Centers hundreds of employees since 2013, and, as of Tuesday, have notched a major victory: over 100 workers in four stores—in New York (New York), Chicago (Illinois), Danvers (Massachusetts), and Las Vegas (Nevada)—have unanimously ratified their first union contract. According to a statement from the RWDSU, under the new contract, workers will receive guaranteed base wage increases over the three-year term of the contract and access to union-provided healthcare insurance. …

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