Tell CEO Ron Johnson to stop elimination of commission jobs at JC Penney!
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JC Penney Shareholders and Investors

Tell CEO Ron Johnson to stop elimination of commission jobs at JC Penney!

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      Retail Action Project

JC Penney's new CEO Ron Johnson is in the process of restructuring this iconic American department store. But what does this mean for employees of the company? In April, this meant widespread layoffs. And now, JC Penney has announced the elimination of commissioned sales jobs at departments around the country. As JCP restructures, the company is divesting from their workforce by eliminating family-sustaining commission retail jobs.

JC Penney is following an alarming and misguided trend in the retail industry, in which middle class jobs and career opportunities are sacrificed in the name of short-term cost savings. By terminating commissioned sales positions, the company is jeopardizing the quality of customer service and divesting from its workforce.

JC Penney's shareholders and management team should look at Circuit City’s example to see that cutting staffing and commissions are the wrong kinds of cuts to save money. When Circuit City was in dire straits, they chose to cut commissions and lay off experienced, successful and well paid workers. Those results were disastrous, and it led to them going out of business completely. JC Penney should learn from the downsizing and cost-cutting strategy implemented by Circuit City that ultimately led a decrease in employee morale and customer service, and ultimately to their bankruptcy.

JC Penney's shareholders and investors need to tell their new CEO that instead of laying workers off and eliminating the best sales positions available in one of the leading job growth industries in the country, JC Penney should invest in their workforce and preserve jobs that will sustain families.

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    • Lee Davis GALLANT, AL
      • almost 2 years ago

      My wife's paycheck has been cut in haif while her hours have increased. Thanks for nothing Ron!

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    • michael jones YONKERS, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      It's time to return to the days when a person could actually support themselves comfortably working in retail.

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    • Sarah Edwards MARINA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I used to work in the Fine Jewelry Dept. at JCP. I was paid a very low wage (7.50) and while the commission was nothing great, every little bit helps. I was barely able to get by and I can't imagine what it must be like for someone who is also supporting a family.

      Why not make ALL of the jobs sustainable so that no one has to depend on commission?

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    • Susan Lowe COLUMBUS, OH
      • almost 2 years ago

      People deserve to make a living wage. Few people in retail, except those who receive commissions, make decent wages. Forcing knowledgeable and motivated sales peope to find other employment in order to feed their families doesn't benefit anyone in the long run, including the shareholders.

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    • Mark Lefkowitz BROOKLYN, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I AM SIGNING THIS PETITION BECAUSE CUTTING COMMISSION JOBS IS CAUSING MORE LAYOFFS AND IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE COMPANIES PROFIT

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