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Guitar Center Workers Ratify First Contract


On July 11, The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) announced that Guitar Center workers in four stores have ratified their first union contracts. Under the new contract, more than 100 workers at the stores located in New York City; Chicago, Illinois; Danvers, Massachusetts; and Las Vegas, Nevada; will receive guaranteed base wage increases over the three-year term of the contract and access to union-provided health care insurance. “The contract ratified tonight wrote the songbook for workers in the retail music industry,” says RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum. “Workers from all four stores fought to ensure the voices of their over 100 co-workers were heard—and the company listened. I am extremely proud of the negotiations team involved in this first contract and the provisions they reached in unison.”

“I love this job and it has provided me the supplemental income to pursue my career as a musician. Thanks to our work with the RWDSU and the company we have made these jobs even better. I look forward to further pursuing my musical aspirations,” says Cody Bergstrom, a nine-year Las Vegas Guitar Center employee. Musicians, union members, and the public are urged to patronize these stores.