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Workers at Four Guitar Center Stores Ratify First Pact

Alternate Healthcare Option & More Certain Pay Increases Were Desired By Workers at the National Musical Instrument Retailer

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NEW YORK, NY – Today, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union’s (RWDSU) newly unionized Guitar Center workers at four stores in New York (NY), Chicago (IL)Danvers (MA), and Las Vegas (NV)unanimously ratified their first contract. Guitar Centerand the RWDSUwhich represents retail workers in a variety of industries across the nationreached agreement for contracts for over 100 of Guitar Center’s employees who work in the four stores. The contract was finalized as part of the global settlement agreement reached last month between the parties. Under the new contracts, workers will receive guaranteed base wage increases over the three-year term of the contracts and access to union-provided healthcare insurance.

The contract that was ratified tonight wrote the song book for workers in the retail music industry,” said Stuart Appelbaum, President, Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union (RWDSU). 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” said Cody Bergstrom, a 9-year Guitar Center employee in Las Vegas, NV.