AppleTogether asks about Apple's union busting for possible class action suit

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in General Discussion edited November 2022
Following multiple accounts of Apple's union-busting efforts, AppleTogether campaigners are considering a class action lawsuit, and are asking Apple Store staff to report incidents.

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Apple has continued to press against unionization in its stores, despite complaints about illegal union-busting efforts. Now the organizers of the AppleTogether group, which previously staged walkouts, says it has a class action suit "in the works."

Are you experiencing union-busting in your Apple store?
Aggressive, anti-union talk during your daily downloads?
Pulled aside and intimidated about organizing?If so, fill out this anonymous survey and let us know.
A class action lawsuit is in the works.https://t.co/ume2c8C9ML

-- AppleTogether (@AppleLaborers)


The tweet links to Google Doc that contains a basic contact form. "If you think you have experienced unlawful union busting at Apple fill out this form and an organizer will follow up with you," it says. It's an anonymous survey form.

"This could include a supervisor asking you about your support for unionization," continues the document, "[a] supervisor telling you unionizing is futile or certain things cannot be changed; supervisors suddenly popping up in breakrooms or in side by sides, after union efforts have begun; downloads or sidebysides in which the supervisor talks about unionization but doesn't get your permission first; and many other things. "

The document also directs workers to Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, which means employers are not allowed "to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees."

Apple has already received at least one complaint against the National Labor Relations Board.

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  • Reply 1 of 5
    JP234JP234 Posts: 758member
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    Went on to organize, 
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    FileMakerFellerdarkvader
  • Reply 2 of 5
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 17,926member
    The workers can unionize if they wish, but they are seriously misguided in doing so.  It will lead to fewer jobs and more restrictions.  That may not have been the case with the meat packing plant 50 years ago, or the copper mine 100 years ago.  But it's the case now.  Apple will not tolerate stores that fall under certain profit margins and sales figures.  They will be reorganized or even closed.  

    Edit:  As for union busting, they are going to have a tough plow in portraying "asking about support for a union" and "Apple making anti-union comments in meetings" as coercion.  Apple is allowed to share its point of view.  That is, unless there is real pressure being applied in violation of the law.  
     
    On a personal note, I wonder if there is any more annoying group than "Apple Together."   
    edited November 2022 JFC_PAwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 5
    JP234JP234 Posts: 758member
    sdw2001 said:
    The workers can unionize if they wish, but they are seriously misguided in doing so.  It will lead to fewer jobs and more restrictions.  That may not have been the case with the meat packing plant 50 years ago, or the copper mine 100 years ago.  But it's the case now.  Apple will not tolerate stores that fall under certain profit margins and sales figures.  They will be reorganized or even closed.  

    Edit:  As for union busting, they are going to have a tough plow in portraying "asking about support for a union" and "Apple making anti-union comments in meetings" as coercion.  Apple is allowed to share its point of view.  That is, unless there is real pressure being applied in violation of the law.  
     
    On a personal note, I wonder if there is any more annoying group than "Apple Together."   
    Yeah, there are MUCH more annoying groups. Thousands, in fact. KKK comes to mind. and Unite the Right. Election deniers come to mind. Disney Pop Tart singers come to mind. Beer snobs. Vegans. "Evangelical" fanatics (7th ave. Baptist Church, for example). Artisan cheesemakers.

    I agree that employees at Apple have little to gain from unionization (disclaimer: I worked for Apple for 12 years, until I retired, and there is NO better place to work). But relegating all unions to ancient history, no longer needed, well, that's where we part ways. If you think that corporations are more benevolent towards their workers now, you should talk to some of them on the front lines of the unskilled labor pool, such as cashiers, hotel workers, meat packing workers, migrant farm workers, assembly workers, and yes, MINERS. Well, dismantle unions, as happened during the Reagan Administration (remember the PATCO strike?), and conditions in workplaces immediately deteriorate. Which conditions led to the latest unionization efforts we're experiencing now.

    And government is no better. Remember SCOTUS overturning Section 5 of the Voting Rights act in 2013? And how states immediately went about redistricting? Or deeming the "preclearance" law, which states with histories of discriminatory voting practices (basically the segregated south) had to have new election laws or practices reviewed by a federal court or the Department of Justice, to be no longer necessary? After which all those states began to enact new voter suppression laws targeting minorities?
    muthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 4 of 5
    JFC_PAJFC_PA Posts: 857member
    My favorite union organization action to date is a demonstration outside a NYC Starbucks Roastery in Chelsea where the display tables were cheekily filled with prominent displays of competitors products, namely Dunkin coffee and baked goods. The precious element? Dunkin is NOT unionized. 

    homework people, do your homework. 
    edited November 2022 watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 5
    JP234JP234 Posts: 758member
    JFC_PA said:
    My favorite union organization action to date is a demonstration outside a NYC Starbucks Roastery in Chelsea where the display tables were cheekily filled with prominent displays of competitors products, namely Dunkin coffee and baked goods. The precious element? Dunkin is NOT unionized. 

    homework people, do your homework. 
    The irony is appreciated, if a bit misplaced. Dunkin' is not unionized because each store is an independently owned franchise, and in my state of Illinois, most of them are staffed by family members, all of the same South Asian ethnicity. Starbucks is a corporate entity. Big difference.
    edited November 2022 watto_cobra
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