Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who Should Sign the Petition?

Everyone. Everyone who is a climber but especially climbing gym members nationwide.

This is especially pertinent for Movement members, but Movement acquired 9 gyms in 2023. It could be your gym next. Stand with us now to hold Movement leadership accountable, so they understand they cannot treat their communities this way.

Who is Chi Movement Solidarity?

We originally started as a group of Movement Chicago members who wanted to support our yoga and fitness instructors. We’ve expanded to climbing community members throughout the US.

Shouldn’t this Petition Stay Local to Chicago?

This pledge-to-cancel petition needs to involve climbing community members nationwide for two very big reasons:

  1. If only Movement Chicago members pledge to cancel, Movement leadership may see the Chicago gyms as a liability and close the gyms instead of listening to us. We need the support of Movement members nationwide and members of the greater climbing community to prevent this from happening. Remember, we’re not trying to cancel Movement, only hold them accountable.
  2. Movement leadership’s behavior affects the entire climbing community. In 2023, Movement acquired 9 new gyms. Members and staff from these gyms reached out to us in fear and solidarity. It could be your gym next. And with a growing monopoly on the climbing industry, we need to set the precedent that they cannot disrespect and harm their communities in the ways they have already.

What Impact Could a Petition Actually Have?

Petitions are letters requesting specific actions from decision makers in an agency or organization. These letters are signed by everyone who is affected by the decision in question.

Petitions represent the unified beliefs of a large group of people and have the power to make real changes without threats, violence, or lawsuits.

In the case of Chi Movement Solidarity, we are asking the decision makers of Movement Gyms to act with integrity.

To reinstate the Chicago teachers and others who were fired for supporting them. To issue an apology for Movement leadership’s mistreatment of their employees and members. And more specific actions.

“Does signing a petition matter? Can’t the company just say, ‘We don’t care what you have to say’?”

Movement leadership could ignore our efforts, but the more signatures the petition has, the harder it is to ignore.

The signatures in our case represent the interests of the climbing community along with the commitment to stand in solidarity. Signatures aren’t just a belief, they’re a willingness to act.

Our petition acts more like a pledge to cancel, meaning that should our demands not be met by the decision makers, we take steps to cancel at that point. This means that the signatures represent not only opinion but commitment to action and financial burden for the decision makers should our demands not be met.

Pledge-to-cancel = force behind the petition
Petition = our demands
Pledge = our signatures
Anyone who is a member of the greater climbing community should sign this petition. The more signatures we have, the more influence we as have.

Can I Pledge to Cancel if I Have a Prepaid Membership?

Prepaid memberships have the contract clause:

“All prepaid membership dues are non-refundable & non-transferrable, except as required by state consumer law.”

The State of Illinois has a Physical Fitness Service Act that states in Section 10 that “misrepresentation of the quality, benefits or nature of services is prohibited.”

Mentioning this act will allow you to cancel your prepaid membership while the classes are still paused in Chicago, as they are advertised but not currently offered. This constitutes misrepresentation.

All other states that have Movement gyms in them have similar consumer protections. Because unlimited yoga and fitness classes are advertised as offered at all Movement locations, and members may visit all Movement locations as part of their membership benefits, it is likely you can cancel prepaid memberships for as long as yoga and fitness are not running in Chicago, as that constitutes misrepresentation of services.

Below are the specific civil codes and acts you can cite if/when you need to cancel a prepaid membership for this pledge to cancel.

California

California Civil Code section 1770 (a)(5) and (a)(7) prohibit representing goods or services that have characteristics or benefits they do not and that are of a particular standard, quality or grade when they are not.

Because membership benefits include taking unlimited yoga and fitness classes at any Movement Gyms, you will likely be able to cancel your prepaid membership while classes are not running in the Chicago locations.

Colarado

Colorado Code 6-1-105 prohibits unfair or deceptive trade practices.

(1)(e) says “Either knowingly or recklessly makes a false representation as to the characteristics, ingredients, uses, benefits, alterations, or quantities of goods, food, services, or property”

(1)(g) “Represents that goods, food, services, or property are of a particular standard, quality, or grade, or that goods are of a particular style or model, if he knows or should know that they are of another”

Maryland

The Maryland Commercial Law Title 13-301

(5) Advertisement or offer of consumer goods, consumer realty, or consumer services:

(i) Without intent to sell, lease, or rent them as advertised or offered; or

(ii) With intent not to supply reasonably expected public demand, unless the advertisement or offer discloses a limitation of quantity or other qualifying condition;

(9) Deception, fraud, false pretense, false premise, misrepresentation, or knowing concealment, suppression, or omission of any material fact with the intent that a consumer rely on the same in connection with:

(i) The promotion or sale of any consumer goods, consumer realty, or consumer service;

13-303 “A person may not engage in any unfair, abusive, or deceptive trade practice”

Oregon

Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act prohibits “misrepresenting the characteristics, ingredients, uses, benefits, quantities, or qualities of real estate, goods, or services”

New York

False Advertising Law: New York Penal Law Article 190.20

False advertising is a class A misdemeanor in the state of New York and defines false advertising as when a person, “with intent to promote the sale or to increase the consumption of property or services, he makes or causes to be made a false or misleading statement in any advertisement..”

Texas

Texas Business and Commerce Code Title 2-17 Deceptive Trade Practices

Section 17.12 (a) No person may disseminate a statement he knows materially misrepresents the cost or character of tangible personal property, a security, service, or anything he may offer

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law Article 201

201-2 (4) defines unfair or deceptive acts or practices and includes “(vii) Representing that goods or services are of a particular standard, quality or grade, or that goods are of a particular style or model, if they are of another”, and these are prohibited.

Do I Have to Be a Movement Member to Sign the Petition?

Nope! Anyone and everyone in the climbing community should sign the petition.

The petition itself represents public opinion, and if we have the support of the entire climbing community, Movement leadership will have to listen.

Only Movement members can pledge to cancel though. These will be separate parts on the petition, so everything will stay organized!

What if We Don’t Get Enough People to Pledge?

According to an equity consultant’s estimate, Movement Climbing + Fitness makes around $15,761,000 in annual revenue.

This is not their net profit.

An average gym’s profit margin is 10–15%.

If Movement maximizes profit at 15%, they make $2,350,000 per year.

If we were to only get 500 pledges-to-cancel (we already have more than that) and use the individual membership of $98/month:

500 x $98 = $49,000 per month

That would mean $600,000 in annual revenue lost.

That’s enough to be concerning for Movement leadership.

When we work together like this, we cannot be ignored.

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