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To: Corie Barry, CEO of Best Buy Co.

Best Buy Co., Compensate All Employees Affected By Your Willful Labor Cuts

Best Buy Co., Compensate All Employees Affected By Your Willful Labor Cuts

Over the past four weeks, Best Buy has heavily reduced available labor for over 150 store locations nationwide. This has meant that an overwhelming number of full-time & part-time employees at affected stores are seeing a huge loss in available hours. In the case of full-time associates who were hired on the premise of a bare minimum of 32 hours a week, many have been struggling to see much higher than 25. Without getting into more confidential details, stores and their leadership have no say in these decisions, which is why I am calling on the CEO directly to rectify this mistake.

We, both current employees who consent to the terms of this proposal, and all other parties who sign this petition, are calling for all affected employees to be compensated at their respective pay rates to account for the differential in working hours, based on a three week pay average prior to the start of the labor reduction on January 10th, 2021. This includes both retroactive pay for the past four weeks, and continued compensation for currently employed individuals, for as long as they continue to be employed under these circumstances.

Why is this important?

All employees, both part-time and full-time, have had their livelihoods greatly affected by these events. Reducing anyone's income by nearly 40% is bound to have grave effects on their ability to pay bills, rent, or any other financial burden sustained during this pandemic. It's greatly concerning that Best Buy's corporate leadership did not take this into account when planning these changes, or provide any form of additional relief to allow their employees support themselves and their families.

How it will be delivered

Signatures will be collected on this web page, and as they amass, will be periodically sent through Best Buy's corporate channels to make our voices heard.


Reasons for signing

  • People deserve the pay and hours they were promised. Slashing their hours to half, and in a lot of cases less than that, is making it hard for people to pay bills and to live comfortably. What happened to “Be Human”?
  • I am no longer able to support my wife and 8 month old daughter with how few hours I am given at work.
  • I won’t shop at Best Buy anymore if this is the way they are going to treat their workers.

Updates

2021-02-24 18:04:58 -0500

Hello everyone! First off, I'd just like to thank you all once again for your immense support and willingness to share our efforts to your friends and family. Without your help, we could have never reached a number as immense as nearly 4,000 individual signatures.

Best Buy announced that a $500 one-time "Gratitude" bonus will be sent to all full-time employees, both retail and corporate, with $200 for all part-timers. These bonuses will be distributed early next month. In their words, this is part of a "thank you" to everyone who helped keep the company afloat in light of the events of the last year.

Let us be clear: this is by no means a solution to the problem we've brought forward. $500 does little to eclipse the past six weeks of slashed wages. I wish these checks were sufficient, but, unfortunately, many will go towards debt built up by missed bills, or to savings accounts upended by emergency need.

Our fight will continue until we see proper compensation.

2021-02-12 22:33:47 -0500

We just surpassed 1,000 signatures with no signs of slowing! I can hardly believe how quickly things are progressing, and I am so proud of what the work we've done has resulted in.

With this enormous milestone reached, and still no word received from our corporate leaders, we're posing a challenge to them:

Best Buy Co., if you do not communicate a definitive recourse to us by Sunday, February 21st, just over a week from today, we will move to further amplify our demands by speaking to all of the members of the press who have reached out to this campaign thus far.

In addition, we would like to stress that your plan MUST be inclusive of any employee affected by these widespread labor cuts-- especially among the several thousand former employees who saw their positions eliminated just this past Wednesday.

Thank you again, to everyone who has signed or shared this campaign. We'll be in touch for further updates.

2021-02-12 21:26:23 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2021-02-11 13:37:25 -0500

500 signatures reached

2021-02-10 22:17:52 -0500

Barely over a day in and we're already at nearly 300 signatures! That's incredible. To everyone who shared, signed, or commented: Thank you so much. We can't begin to make change like this happen without the support of people like you, current employee or not.

I'll continue to monitor this campaign and fill you guys in on any developments. So far, it's been radio silence from the company. But we won't get too hasty yet. In the meantime, continue to amplify this petition when and where you can! Facebook, Reddit, Discord, whatever feels right! The more people that know, the better.

2021-02-10 01:13:51 -0500

100 signatures reached

2021-02-09 21:32:42 -0500

50 signatures reached

2021-02-09 19:57:07 -0500

25 signatures reached

2021-02-09 15:08:45 -0500

10 signatures reached