What you need to know
- Apple store workers in the U.S. are preparing to unionize.
- At least two stores are backed by major national unions and are preparing to file paperwork.
- More stores are also having talks, spurred by Apple's record financial performance and stagnating wages.
Apple employees at multiple U.S. retail stores are preparing to unionize, says a new report.
From The Washington Post:
The report says that workers are being spurred on by their stagnating wages, which have fallen below the rate of inflation, and the success of Starbucks employees in creating unions.
Employees interviewed by the Post stated that they hadn't shared in the companies gains, with workers making less and selling more products. One said "I have a lot of co-workers and friends who I genuinely love and they do not make enough to get by. They're struggling and they're hurting and we work for a company that has the resources to make sure that they're taken care of."
Apple recently started giving out raises to U.S. employees ranging between 2% and 10% depending on their role and job location.
The process of forming unions has reportedly been done secretly, with employees worried Apple will try to convince employees to vote against a union:
The report cites employees at one store that said managers had already begun pulling employees aside to try and dissuade them.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9