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  • Apple Retail Employees Attempting Unionize?


    On Thursday, a group of Apple Store employees issued a statement to the press announcing their plans to form a union. This announcement comes on the tenth anniversary of the first two Apple retail store locations opening in McLean, Virginia, and Glendale, California.

    The Apple Retail Workers Union made the following statement, “We are launching today to get fellow employees, shoppers, and the world know that we work in one of the most demanding retail environments while suffering through unfair treatment and compensation among many other various issues... We deserve better. Our time has come.”

    The group also launched a website to promote their cause, however, at this time, there is almost no information on the site. It currently contains little more that a slogan that reads, “At Apple, our most important resource, our soul, is our people,” and a contact link. They also made the following statement on Twitter:



    This is hardly the first time a disgruntled employee has criticized the treatment of Apple Store employees. The blog Crapplestore detailed the activities of one such worker. The anonymous blogger would give almost daily accounts of the working conditions in a scathing and very often humorous manner. Unfortunately, the site gained more attention than the blogger wanted and was soon taken down. However, during the time it was still up and running, the blog offered an intriguing peak behind the curtain at Apple.

    It will be very interesting to see how Apple handles this situation in the coming months. Recently, unions have been on the decline in this country. Will Apple follow in the footsteps of Walmart and institute draconian union busting measures to keep employees in check? Hopefully, Apple will be able to come to some kind of reasonable agreement with the retail staff. No one wants to see picketing outside an Apple Store when the next big new thing comes out.

    Source: MacWorld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Retail Employees Attempting Unionize? started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 65 Comments
    1. jonathan1683's Avatar
      jonathan1683 -
      jobs wont have it.
    1. davidcribb's Avatar
      davidcribb -
      Ooh no! Will this be dubbed "uniongate?!"


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    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      That's good. If the union stays corruption free lol.
    1. trentmorris's Avatar
      trentmorris -
      Say no to unions. (and communism for that matter)

    1. trixster's Avatar
      trixster -
      There's always another high school / college kid ready to take your job without a union contract needed.
    1. iphonetexas's Avatar
      iphonetexas -
      so quit and let someone else have your job that will appreciate it and not need a union to do their talking for them. unions suck!!!
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Dear Apple employees,

      Anyone caught attempting to form a union will be immediately assassinated by our Ninjas. Do not test me!

      Sincerely,

      Steve
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      I think unions are great
    1. drosera's Avatar
      drosera -
      Hahaha! I originally read this as "Apple Retail Employees Attempting to Un-Ionize."
      I was like WTF!?!? Then I saw it...
    1. c0dy's Avatar
      c0dy -
      Sweet. Looks like there will be a bunch of jobs opening soon.
    1. mikeg5555's Avatar
      mikeg5555 -
      Oooo neat bunch lazy union workers ha ha
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Quote Originally Posted by c0dy View Post
      Sweet. Looks like there will be a bunch of jobs opening soon.
      So you're going to apply at the same place that these people are complaining of unfair treatment, compensation and other issues?
    1. ebahou's Avatar
      ebahou -
      people complaining for working for apple? well gtfo and i'll take your job with pleasure...get lost loser
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by trentmorris View Post
      Say no to unions. (and communism for that matter)


      How do you associate Unions with Communism? That's just idiotic. I'm a Teamster, and if it wasn't for our Union my company, UPS, would have us singing "Swing low sweet chariot..." while we worked in shackles. We're already over-worked and are losing drivers these days at an incredible rate due to the pace at which the company thinks should be standard. Do I think ALL Unions or union employees are good? Absolutely not. I've seen abuse on both ends, but the good greatly outweighs the bad in my industry.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ronfin44 View Post
      How do you associate Unions with Communism? That's just idiotic. I'm a Teamster, and if it wasn't for our Union my company, UPS, would have us singing "Swing low sweet chariot..." while we worked in shackles. We're already over-worked and are losing drivers these days at an incredible rate due to the pace at which the company thinks should be standard. Do I think ALL Unions or union employees are good? Absolutely not. I've seen abuse on both ends, but the good greatly outweighs the bad in my industry.
      Probably because in the red scares following WWII people often associated unionization with communism, this association was made because a union was kin of saying "the working class is organizing, we have more power" an people thought "THEY ARE GOING TO OVERTHROW THE GOV'T AND PUT COMMIES IN CHARGE ARRRGGGG!!!"


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    1. Wilbourn's Avatar
      Wilbourn -
      Demanding? The hardest part of their job is saying "welcome to apple" while the products virtually sell themselves.
    1. vbx's Avatar
      vbx -
      People who are good at what they do don't need the "protection" from unions. The people who benefit most from unions are the lazy or underperforming ones who otherwise would have been laid off or fired.
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Ya go VA and CA


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    1. davesnothere11's Avatar
      davesnothere11 -
      I guess they'll be the iUnion
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Union killed the automotive industry, can't wait for union to kill Apple.