Juan Perez immigrated to the United States with only $300 in his pocket in 1985. He moved here in search of a better education for his children, and his search landed him in Tacoma, WA. A devout Catholic and musician, Mr. Perez heard from a nun at church about a store called Nordstrom and their need for a piano player.The competition at the interview was fierce, as Mr. Perez was dressed in casual clothing and everyone else dressed like they had been shopping at Nordstrom for years. Juan went home that day thinking that his chances for getting the job were slim. Later that day his wife fielded the call from Nordstrom that Juan was chosen above all of the other applicants. His life was forever changed by that phone call.
For 27 years, Mr. Perez played piano at the Tacoma, WA Nordstrom store, affording him the opportunity to send all of his children through school. His career was cut short on Sunday January 27, 2013, when Nordstrom decided that in an effort to make their stores more "modern" they would be switching to recorded music and let Mr. Perez go with one week notice.
Juan Perez's piano brought an unparalleled spirit to the Nordstrom store in Tacoma, WA for many years. He was a staple to that store, and always had a smile on his face.
Make them recognize the huge mistake they have made by laying him off. Sign the petition below.
For more reading see the Tacoma News Tribune Article here: Nordstrom pianist ends 27-year run
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- Executive Vice President and President of Stores
- Executive Vice President and President, Merchandising
Re-hire 27-Year Pianist Juan Perez.
I have patronized your store in Tacoma, WA. I have spent money on shoes. I have spent money on clothing. I have frequented Nordstrom Café. I have done all of these things while listening to the beautiful piano music of Juan Perez.
Mr. Perez is a staple to your Tacoma store, and Sunday marked the end of his 27-year career, by your choice. I vow to not shop at your store anymore until you re-hire him. He gave you 27 years. The least you could give him is 2 weeks notice. I am urging you to reconsider your decision to lay him off.
Re-hire Juan Perez.
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