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Guitar Center: Sign Our Agreement or Lose Your Job


Employees at Guitar Center retail stores have been told that they must sign a mandatory arbitration agreement in order to keep their jobs. Under the agreement the employees lose their right to sue the company in class action lawsuits in disputes over wage violations, workplace discrimination, unjust firings, and other issues. The use of arbitrators, that are often cozy with the hiring company, weakens worker power and preempts possible collective action. Nowadays, such clauses are often tucked into company “welcome” packets for new hires to sign.

In 2013, the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) won elections in three Guitar Center stores, but there is still no contract at any of them. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) general counsel has accused the company of refusing to bargain in good faith. NLRB has declared that agreements similar to the arbitration papers Guitar Center employees are bing asked to sign illegally infringe on a worker’s right to “protected concerted activity” with colleagues.

We’re analyzing the agreement in light of the labor board’s recent cases. We’re considering filing a new charge and pursuing a new round of action,” attorney Liz Vladeck who represents RWDSU told The Huffington Post.