Target: Victoria’s Secret
Goal: Urge Victoria’s Secret not to keep workers’ schedules a secret
Part-time workers at Victoria’s Secret’s Flagship store in New York City are fighting to stabilize paychecks from Victoria’s Secret. Most store workers are classified as part-time. Only managers are considered full-time. Part-time workers are subjected to extreme hour fluctuations with no guaranteed minimum hours. Some workers can go from working 30 hours a week to 8 hours a week without notice. Part-time employees rarely know how much their paychecks will be, leaving them unable to pay rent, succeed at school, get promotions, or even take care of their families.
Phillesia is one of many hard-working students at Victoria’s Secret who has been a cashier for four years. Debbra, another long-term part-time employee of Victoria’s Secret, struggles to pay her student loans because of unstable paychecks. They, along with hundreds of other part-time workers, are not granted raises or benefits.
Recently, employees delivered a letter to the District Manager to discuss offering more predictable work hours. So far, despite having an open door policy, Victoria’s Secret has responded to this request by cutting hours, intimidating the workers, and increasing surveillance. It is believed that management is targeting workers who they suspect are fighting for equal opportunity, fair wages, and respect. Sign the petition to demand Victoria’s Secret to offer stable jobs with benefits to hundreds of their employees who are struggling to make ends meet on unstable paychecks.
Dear Victoria’s Secret,
It has come to my attention that hundreds of your employees are not granted benefits and raises because they are considered part-time. But you classify all your workers who are not managers part-time. These employees have unpredictable work hours. Some have gone from working 30 hours a week to eight hours a week without notice. In fact, there is no guaranteed minimum hours. Your unfair scheduling practice has left many unable to pay rent, take care of families, and/or pay student loans.
Your employees are hard-working students and families who deserve to know when their next paycheck is. Set a guaranteed minimum hours for your part-time employees, and work to set up a predictable and fair scheduling system for all your employees -not only your managers.
[Your Name Here]
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