US Apple Store workers working to unionize: report

Deepak Gupta February 21, 2022
Updated 2022/02/21 at 12:45 PM

Employees at many Apple stores across the United States are working to unionize, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the efforts.

The movement comes against the backdrop of unionization efforts gaining traction at major US corporations including Amazon and Starbucks.

The report said employee groups at at least two Apple retail stores are supported by major national unions and are preparing to file documents with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the near future.

At least six more locations are at less advanced stages in the unionization process, the report said, adding that Apple employees more than 65,000 retail workers.

Apple and the NLRB did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

Apple has 270 stores in the country and made 36% of its total of $365.82 billion in net sales in fiscal 2021 through its retail stores and website, according to a regulatory filing.

His boss Tim Cook’s salary last year was 1,447 times that of the average employee at the tech giant, fueled by stock awards that helped him earn a total of nearly $100 million (roughly Rs. 745 crore).

The company has decided to temporarily close several stores across the United States during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, the company planned to give store employees a one-time bonus of up to $1,000 (approximately 74,500 rupees), Bloomberg News reported in September, amid tight labor market conditions and unrest among employees.

© Thomson Reuters 2022

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