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Herald Square Victoria’s Secret workers win concessions

BY Dan Berthiaume

Columbus, Ohio – Employees at the Victoria’s Secret store in Herald Square, New York City have reportedly won concessions on pay and promotions from the retailer. According to CNNMoney, following a petition effort started by employees at the store in June of this year, Victoria’s Secret agreed to give them pay raises between $1 and $2 per hour and also start promoting employees at the location.

In response to what Herald Square employees called unfair wages, inconsistent scheduling of shifts and lack of internal promotions, four employees at the store presented management with a letter demanding change in June. When management did not respond, the employees began a petition and collected signatures both in writing and online, and also sought assistance from the Retail Action Project labor group.

Employees allege management began reducing hours and changing shifts of workers involved in the petition effort, but last month received the concessions. Victoria’s Secret management did not comment in the article.

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RILA names former GM exec as public affairs VP

BY Staff Writer

Arlington, Va. –The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has named Annette Guarisco as executive VP for public affairs, effective Oct. 1. Guarisco will oversee RILA’s federal and state government affairs, as well as the association’s communications efforts.

Guarisco joins RILA following more than 11 years as a senior executive at General Motors, most recently serving as executive director of global public policy.

Guarisco replaces Katherine Lugar, who left RILA earlier this year to become president and CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.

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Interbrand Design Forum names managing director

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Dayton, Ohio — Retail design and brand strategy firm Interbrand Design Forum, the retail division of Interbrand, said it has hired Dirk Defenbaugh as managing director.

Defenbaugh, previously VP, client service for WD Partners, will oversee day-to-day operations for the Interbrand Design Forum office, charged with attracting and retaining talent, delivering innovative brand solutions, developing and executing a growth strategy, leading business development, managing and growing client relationships and furthering the company’s position as a market leader. He will also serve on the Interbrand North America Executive Committee.

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