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What we must do to revive a cherished institution
The perks of retail work can seem few and far between. Just ask 23-year-old Chris Arce, one of the 4.6 million Americans employed in the industry, where pay can be short and the odds of achieving seniority long.
Understandably, Arce says, “I didn’t see it as a career.” Until, that is, a year ago when he landed at a Manhattan outpost of H&M, the Sweden-based retailer known for its stylish and affordable “fast fashion.” Arce had worked in the industry since 2008, but the world he stepped into at H&M, he says, was nearly unrecognizable: His pay climbed, his responsibilities increased, and his benefits reached a level he never expected.
On May 14, billboards went up around Houston and Philadelphia