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JUNE 14 I GUITAR CENTER I PERSONNEL
Manhattan GC Workers to Unionize; Company Opens Four New Stores

As reported in Rolling Stone and elsewhere, employees at Guitar Center’s flagship location in Manhattan in late May voted to form a union. The move was spurred by what workers say have been declining wages.

Dennis Haffeman, executive vice president of human resources for Guitar Center, told the magazine that the development was “unfortunate.” “We’re constantly listening to our employees’ needs so that Guitar Center can be the best work environment in the music industry,” he said.

Guitar Center was purchased by Bain Capital in 2007. The company’s other retail holdings have included Brookstone, Burlington Coat Factory, Sports Authority and Staples.

The unionization effort was supported by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store union (RWDSU). More votes are anticipated at other locations.

The move toward unionization occurs at a time of continued expansion for the retailer. Also in May, the company opened its 246th, 247th and 248th locations, in Mesquite, Texas; Southington, Conn.; and Bellingham, Wash. A Macon, Ga., location opened in April.


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