On July 26th, our movement of dedicated REI employees celebrated a victory outside the Seattle flagship store. REI announced wage increases for a few dozen of its 145 stores across the country.
Collin Pointon, one of the leaders of our movement, acknowledged the positive move by REI's leadership to increase wages at some stores, while also emphasizing the real need to increase wages for all of the co-op's retail workers. Collin also addressed the need for REI's leadership to grant workers: 1. access to full-time hours before new people are hired, and 2. guaranteed weekly minimum hours for all retail employees.
Our movement would like REI take the lead in the retail industry by bringing about more positive change for its dedicated workers who are really struggling. An increase in wages for a few of its stores is a start, but it is not enough. It is long overdue that REI show a true investment in its retail workforce and that time is now.