Apple hires anti-union law firm in escalation against retail workers
What you need to know
- Apple has reportedly retained the services of Littler Mendelson.
- The law firm is known for representing companies who are fighting against unionization efforts.
- Littler Mendelson previously represented McDonald's.
Apple is bringing in the big guns to fight back against unionization.
As reported by The Verge, the company has retained the services of Littler Mendelson in response to retail workers' unionization efforts in Atlanta, Georgia. That law firm is currently also representing Starbucks and previously McDonald's in their efforts to fight back against unionization.
Sara Steffens, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Communications Workers of America, said that Apple's hiring of Littler Mendelson shows that the company will "try to prevent their employees from exercising their right to join a union."
Apple declined to comment on the potential hiring of Littler Mendelson. Apple spokesperson Nick Leahy did, however, release a boilerplate statement about the company's competitive salaries and benefits.
One Apple Store employee said that unionization will help to ensure that the company must stand behind the pro-worker rhetoric that it speaks.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
Good for Apple. Hey employees. You don't have to work for Apple. Go work somewhere else if you are unhappy with your current job. "Pay is so unequal at the stores..." Well boo hoo. I have news for you. Are you sitting down? You don't have to work for Apple.