Petition statement to be delivered to Michael Pratt, Guitar Center CEO and Jordan Hitch, Matthew Levin, and Lew Kessel, Bain Capital Managing Directors & Vice Presidents at Guitar Center Holdings

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

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

To be delivered to Michael Pratt, Guitar Center CEO and Jordan Hitch, Matthew Levin, and Lew Kessel, Bain Capital Managing Directors & Vice Presidents at Guitar Center Holdings

Petition Statement

We work at Guitar Center stores throughout New York City, and we love music and our jobs. But since Bain Capital bought the company, our commissions have been cut, and many of us barely make more than minimum wage or receive paid sick days or vacations. That's why we've united for better conditions, and we need your help.
There are currently 6,107 signatures. NEW goal - We need 7,500 signatures!

Petition Background

We are the workers of Guitar Center in New York City 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.

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.

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
Kathleen Hanna (Le Tigre, Bikini Kill)
Ted Leo
Activator
Alan Cage (Quicksand)
Aloe Blacc
Andy Nelson (Paint it Black, Ceremony, Dark Blue)
Anti-Flag
The Attic Ends
Beast Patrol
Beneath Acacia
Bevel Summers
Bigger Thomas
Billy Bragg
B*tch
Boots Riley (The Coup)
Born in a Cent
Brass Messengers
Breedloves
Burn Everything
Chaotic Noise Marching Corps
Chunkie Soup
Chris Frasco
Circa '95
Computer at Sea
Cory Johnson (Impending Doom, Sleeping Giant)
Curtis McMurtry
David Rovics
DJ Torch
Due North
East of the Wall
Evan Greer & Friends
Ezra Furman and the Harpoons
The Fever Haze
The Gashers
Glue Gun
GoldBoot
The Grim
The Hotelier
Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens)
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
JD Samson (Le Tigre, MEN)
Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel)
John Darnielle (the Mountain Goats)
Jonny Rumble
Katastrophe
Las Vegas Gangstaz
Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!)
Leftover Crack
Local 802 AFM (Associated Musicians of Greater New York)
Lyrically Illz
Matt Cross (Orange 9mm and ex-Guitar Center worker)
Matt Reilly (Japanther)
Max Bernstein (Ke$ha)
Mike Park (Asian Man Records)
The Molotov
The Muggs
Murdoc
The New Diet
The People’s Whiskey
The Remedies
Paint it Black
Painted Saints
Pet Tigers
Plague of Pilgrims
Propagandhi
Rebel Diaz
Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
Rosetta
Sam Jayne (Love as Laughter)
Sean Daley (Atmosphere)
Sergio Vega (Deftones, Quicksand)
The Sights
Ski Lodge
Small Reactions
So So Glos
Spiritchild
Spring Heeled Jack
Starlight Girls
Stephanie Johnstone
Steve Earle
Street Dogs
The Taxpayers
Thee Oh Sees
This City Called Earth
Tommy Siegel (Jukebox the Ghost)
Vincent Cross
Voodoo Visionary
War on Women
Water Borders
We Are All Savages
We Are the Union
Wilder Maker
The Wood Brothers

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