Today, TUAW reported that they recieved an email from a group called the “Apple Retail Workers Union”, who are looking to gather enough support to form a collective union of Apple retail workers.
On May 19, 2001, Apple opened the doors to its first retail stores. It encouraged people to “shop different.”
Ten years later, the people of Apple are coming together to “work different.”
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.
This campaign is by and for the workers of Apple’s retail stores in the United States.
MacWorld was told by some members of the small group that “some stores in the Pacific Northwest may be talking amongst themselves” about forming a union, and that “an attempt at [the] Alderwood store… is the closest anyone has come to collective action”.
It was also noted that members of this union are coming together to combat “unfair treatment”, including break schedules, training opportunities, the selection and hiring process for internal candidates for open positions, and wages.
Apple always claims to stand for what’s right and this particular group deserves the attention they are recieving from the media in order to voice their complaints.