Retail Workers Protest Abusive Scheduling at Flagship Abercrombie & Fitch

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For Immediate Release: October 15, 2012
Contact: Yana Walton E-mail: yana@retailactionproject.org
Office: 646.490.5925 Cell: 646.453.9816

 Retail Workers Protest Abusive Scheduling at Flagship Abercrombie & Fitch

New York, NY – Retail workers and allies of the Retail Action Project (RAP) are taking action to demand livable schedules at Abercrombie & Fitch’s flagship store on 5th Avenue this week, as part of the newly launched Sustainable Scheduling Campaign to address the underemployment crisis caused by corporate retailers’ unpredictable, part-time scheduling practices. Just 5 days ago, RAP member and Abercrombie & Fitch cashier Bintou Kamara started a petition to end abusive “on-call” shifts that leave workers waiting by the phone to work – unable to plan for childcare, school, or second jobs. Already, Bintou has gained the support of thousands of people across the country who’ve sent letters to Abercrombie’s CEO on her behalf.
WHAT: Retail workers’ action to demand sustainable schedules at Abercrombie & Fitch
WHEN: Wednesday, October 17 at 11am
WHERE: Abercrombie & Fitch Flagship Store, 5th Avenue & 56th St, Manhattan
WHO: Retail workers, clergy, elected officials, and leaders from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Retail Action Project, A Better Balance, & the National Employment Law Project.

 Retail workers across the country from Walmart to Abercrombie are pushing back on erratic schedules and unjust working conditions as the holiday season approaches. A delegation of retail workers will be delivering the petition, along with “underemployment claims” to the retail chain, whose CEO Mike Jeffries made $48 million last year. However, Abercrombie’s low-cost labor strategy has left employees struggling on low wages, with few and erratic hours – All while being expected to have open availability.

Interview leaders & retail workers (including Bintou Kamara) on Wednesday, October 17th at 11am on 5th Avenue & 56th Street, as they kick off the fight for Sustainable Schedules.

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