Abercrombie: Scrambling for hours isn’t stylish, stop hurting your workers!
  • Petitioned Michael Jeffries

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CEO, Abercrombie and Fitch
Michael Jeffries
Abercrombie and Fitch
Human Rights Concerns Office
Abercrombie and Fitch
Director of Sustainability, Abercrombie and Fitch
Kim Harr

Abercrombie: Scrambling for hours isn’t stylish, stop hurting your workers!

    1. Petition by

      Retail Action Project

Abercrombie & Fitch portrays a happy and carefree lifestyle, but people like me who work in their stores are struggling because we don’t get enough hours. My name is Bintou Kamara and I am a cashier at A&F’s flagship store (That's me in the photo). I like working at A&F, but the company's scheduling policies require us to be on-call instead of having predictable hours. This leaves most of us struggling with hardly any hours to pay our bills - making getting a second job nearly impossible. I’ve connected with other A&F employees through the Retail Action Project because we need your help.

It took me months to find this job, and when I started almost a year ago, I was excited to work on Fifth Avenue.  I’m a college student living on my own in the Bronx, and I also send money home to my parents in West Africa - so I really needed the job. Like other new A&F workers, I was initially scheduled 33 hours per week. Then, it dwindled to two shifts, then to only 5 hours a week. I started talking to my co-workers, and realized this eventually happens to the majority of A&F workers. Now, most of us only get one “regular” shift per week, and one “on-call” shift. “On-Call” shifts mean we have to call the store two hours before the shift to ask if they need us. Nine times out of ten, they tell us not to come in, but Abercrombie still demands our open availability. Some weeks, I have been given no hours at all, because we don’t have predictable hours.

Worst of all, Abercrombie has capped part-time workers’ schedules at 10 hours a week, but they continue to hire new workers. My co-workers and I have asked our managers for more hours, but we’re told that’s just how it is. Additionally, we get our schedule two days ahead of time, and it even changes after that - without any consent or notification.

I’ve learned that the retail industry is one of the biggest sectors for new jobs, but more and more retailers are following A&F and using abusive scheduling. So, I’m far from alone in struggling to find the hours and benefits I need. With your help, I know A&F will hear us! Will you ask A&F to improve the lives of its workers like me by giving us predictable hours and ending “on-call” shifts?


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    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. ABC News Covers Bintou's Petition Delivery!

      ABC News shed light on what Abercrombie workers go through each week with their unpredictable schedules. Read the story and post a comment to show your support! http://abcnews.go.com/Business/abercrombie-fitch-best-buy-retail-workers-protest-abusive/story?id=17501604#.UIF2Om96tgl

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures
    4. Bintou is delivering your signatures to A&F flagship tomorrow!

      Bintou and her co-workers are delivering your signatures to Abercrombie's flagship 5th Avenue store tomorrow, Wednesday October 17th at 11am! If you're in New York City, meet on the corner of 5th Avenue & 56th Street to rally for sustainable schedules!

    5. Reached 2,000 signatures

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    • beatriz viacava-goulet BIRMINGHAM, UNITED STATES
      • 6 months ago

      this doesn't make sense! what is their intention to get credit of some sort? like hiring students? or not offering benefits looks like fraud of some sort.. if u all can not call one day and not be available will that wake them up?

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    • Denise Lemmons SHIPPENSBURG, PA
      • 9 months ago

      This is important to me because I also work in retail. What one corporation does, others are soon to follow what seems to work in other companies. So I am helping out other fellow retail workers that are currently facing these struggles in the hopes that it will end for them and not spread to other companies.

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    • Lisa Laidlaw LEWISBURG, TN
      • 9 months ago

      Stop hiring a bunch of part timers so you don't have to offer benefits.

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    • Hope Little CHICAGO, IL
      • 11 months ago

      I like to shop where I know the employees are treated fairly

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    • phasung baccam HOUSTON, TX
      • 12 months ago

      i heard about abercrombie & fitch i been boycott this company CEO of this company don't care their worker i'm support with you 100& against greed i hope this company go broke very soon

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