Vindication against Guitar Center
Guitar Center has been accused of violating federal labor laws in a statement released by a regional director for the National Labor Relations Board. The complaint alleges that Guitar Center discriminated against employees at its flagship stores in Chicago, New York and Las Vegas, and failed to bargain in "good faith" with the workers' union. The company, which is partially owned by Mitt Romney’s union busting Bain Capital, threatened employees with reduced benefits "because of their union membership or affiliation," denied them benefits offered to nonunion employees and bargained with no intention of reaching a labor agreement with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. The union has been bargaining for a contract with the company since 2013. Workers at Guitar Center make between $9 and $10/ an hour plus commission. "This is vindication of what we have been saying, that Guitar Center crossed the line," said union President Stuart Appelbaum.