Originally Posted by radwansk
staff from other stores in the area?
if they do this walkout that is exactly what the management will do. at least during the walkout period. perhaps even after
which raises a possible question about what the issue is. hours. perhaps folks are pissed because they aren't getting a great number and working their butts off during busy periods because there there's not a major number of folks. again, totally legal but not nice.
perhaps, going to that end, if there's not enough staff, breaks like meal times are being delayed and that was pissing folks off. it is something that could be 'against the law'. for example, if the law says that you must take at least a 30 minute off the clock break no less than 5 hours into an 8 hour shift and folks are constantly having to wait 6 hours or even more. or they are supposed to be given a chance to take a paid 10 minute break (something that is in the Cali laws) each 4 hours they work as close to halfway in the middle of that block of time as possible (so basically you work 2 hours, take 10 minutes, work to the end of the next 2 hours, take a meal, repeat the 2+2 after meal) and they were not being allowed to take them.
I'd be surprised if their state isn't a right to work state. So Apple could let them go because they didn't liek the way the wind blew.
actually the term you are looking for is 'at will' which means that there is no contract by either party to stay at the job. and yes it is possible that retail in Washington is 'at will'. although there is a whistleblower law that protects you from being fired for narcing to the state and/or feds for legal issues. so that might spare their jobs.
Originally Posted by ozymajere
Huh. That sounds a pretty good bit like a manager at the Christiana Store. He was SO DETERMINED to "Catch me stealing" from "his store." At one point, whoever actually WAS stealing from the store got so brazen that they had to start checking our bags before we could leave, after our shifts were up. But this manager wouldn't do it in the privacy of the back of the store for me. He insisted that my bookbag, my coat, and my pockets all be searched out in Front of House, where there'd be witnesses.
back/coat checks are very common in retail although most places require them to always be at the front of the store so you can't pocket something on the way out. I used to work at a major bookstore and we required you to get a property sticker put on everything you brought in that was currently, add ever been or could be sold in the store. it had to be done at the front counter (which was right by the doors) before you put your things away. and if you forgot the items were held until you could produce a receipt and you were given a write up. And during that write up you had to acknowledge the company's right to review all cameras ( in the event that you might have lifted a copy of something you had bought and were bringing in the old receipt).