Apple Store employees in the US are quietly trying to unionize

Deepak Gupta February 19, 2022
Updated 2022/02/19 at 12:14 AM

It’s not just Amazon and Google workers hoping to organize. Sources Talking for The Washington Post Claims workers at six or more Apple Store locations across the US are quietly planning to unionize, with “at least” two stores already garnering support from national unions and preparing submissions to the National Labor Relations Board.

As you can imagine, the central issue is paying. employees talking to Opposite they said their pay was similar to what other stores offered, but it wasn’t keeping up with the rising cost of living. Apple’s corporate success hasn’t translated into better pay either, employees said.

Pro-union workers reportedly organized in secret to avoid potential Apple spying and retaliation, using encrypted chats and even Android phones to keep communications private. Employees have reportedly been informally reaching out to co-workers to gauge support and potentially secure majorities in the event of union votes.

We asked Apple for comments. The company previously said it took all employee concerns “seriously” and “thoroughly” investigated when they arose, but did not discuss employee-specific issues as a matter of “respecting the privacy” of those involved. Apple appears to be already aware of unionization efforts. Like Amazon, Apple is apparently using managers to issue anti-union warnings, such as claims that workers could see reduced wages and benefits.

This isn’t the first time Apple has dealt with staff members who are unhappy with working conditions. Last year’s #AppleToo campaign gathered hundreds of stories of toxic workplaces from retail and corporate employees. However, Apple has not shown clear signs of addressing these concerns and has reportedly fired and fired the organizers of #AppleToo. There is no guarantee that unions will improve conditions, but it is increasingly clear that employees want better treatment.

All products recommended by Ploonge are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Share this Article
Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Thumbnails managed by ThumbPress