Employees at REI’s new D.C. flagship will see higher wages, maybe predictive scheduling

Outdoor gear retailer REI Inc. will bump up the pay for many of its Washington-area employees and plans to start new employees at its forthcoming flagshipstore at rates commensurate to that higher pay, company executives said last week.

The move, which will increase pay for REI employees in several high cost-of-living cities by anywhere from 5 to 15 percent, comes after more than 2,000 people signed a petition launched by REI employees calling for “guaranteed stable hours, a three-week advance notice of schedules, a guaranteed living wage and more full-time opportunity.” (All the signatories are not necessarily employees of the outfitter; anyone can sign the petition and 299 of those who have signed self-identified as REI employees, according to a spokesman for Coworker.org.)

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