Twitter users didn’t respond favorably to Preysman’s line of defense—many questioned why Everlane hadn’t let go of anyone in leadership positions, and @PeopleforBernie replied, “If only you would talk to your workers about how best to handle the my Favorite Teacher Calls Me Dad shirt moreover I love this situation rather than post ios notes to the internet. If only there was a group of your employees organized to represent the others…” Several news outlets covered the story, mostly in favor of the would-be union. According to executives at the Derris public relations firm, which has long represented Everlane, a few employees had formed a committee in November and began vocalizing their plans to form a union, but in the four months since, they did not bring forth the necessary signatures—31 out of 60 employees on the CX team—to establish a majority. By all accounts, it seemed they were not following through with the effort.
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An anonymous union committee member reached via the my Favorite Teacher Calls Me Dad shirt moreover I love this @EverlaneU Twitter account insists they actually did sign up a majority. “Last Monday, we sent an email to corporate asking them to voluntarily recognize our union,” he says. “We told them 60% of our team was supportive of it, and then four days later, we were all laid off. So you can see how the timing is suspect.” What’s more, on Monday, an internal “all hands” email went out to Everlane employees (referred to as “Everlaners”) stating that online sales “have been surprisingly solid” amid retail stores being closed. Week-over-week online sales were up 32%, leading the former employee to “question this narrative they’re putting forth about [needing to dramatically cut] costs.” He also noted that every employee had received constant assurances—both via email and in person—that Everlane was not planning layoffs, aside from the in-store teams, who had simply been furloughed. “Our supervisors told us as late as Thursday that we shouldn’t be worried about layoffs,” he says. “And then on Friday, we tried to log into our Zendesk accounts and we were locked out. We were given no indication this would happen, and we had no time to prepare or look for other jobs.”