It turns out that the employees at the Apple Store are tired of taking what they give because they work for a living.
“Apple Store Union Effort Hits Fourth Place with Kentucky Workers’ Organization”
As the Macalope likes to point out when pundits say Apple is being pushed into a corner by a competitor like the Essential Phone or tech it’s “late” to love folding phones, the company has more money than any other company in the history of money. The flip side (which is a Kruggerand) is that Apple should take good care of all of its employees. Really good.
For its part, the company is opposed to any unionization effort. And is kind of a dick about it.
“Apple Retail chief dissuades employees from unionizing in new video”
“It’s your right to join a union – and it’s also your right not to join a union,” O’Brien said in the video.
“I have to say the first part as required by law.” Always great to have a company tell you how you can vote on a yes/no question. Thanks Apple. Good to know. There was a lot of confusion about this. Some people thought you could write in a vote to join the Swedish All-Nude Bowling League. You can not. There is a long audition process. You just can’t vote yourself. Ridiculous.
O’Brien said labor organizations don’t understand how Apple operates and may not engage with employees the way Apple does.
“We run around making a lot of money and we don’t want you to screw that up by asking for things like more money, perks or not being strip searched every night before you go. Glad we had this conversation.
All this is very annoying for the Macalope. The reason it’s so annoying is that Macalope has long made hay (and you know how much he loves hay) about Amazon being the one who hates unions. Now that’s all annoying.
Way to ruin Macalope’s easy shots, Apple. Very inconsiderate. Just as the company doesn’t think about its hard-working retail employees, it apparently doesn’t think about hard-working mythical creatures either.
…employees at the Apple Store in Atlanta accused Apple of being anti-union as it repeatedly held captive audience meetings with anti-union messages to employees.
The Macalope has never been subjected to pressure tactics like this in a workplace, but he has had people try to get him into multi-level marketing schemes and cult religions performed by actors who like to do their own stunts and the more pressure he felt, the more he didn’t like either the proposal or the author. If someone dragged him into an anti-union meeting, he would vote union as fast as he could.
It may be a tactic, but Apple does more than just play the heavy keys.
“Apple Store wages rise, as video dramatically escalates fight against unionization”
The new starting salary represents a 45% increase over 2018 and will mainly affect retail workers.
It’s rather good. It seems like the best thing to do after forming a union is just to threaten to form a union.
Of course, working at an Apple Store isn’t as bad as working at a Walmart. Or a factory where they make Apple products.
“Workers at Apple supplier Quanta rebel against factory lockdown in China”
…workers fear their supply of basic necessities will run out as the lockdown continues.
Very few of these issues are unique to Apple. But sometimes, making the sausage of the smartphone is rather nauseating.
Meanwhile, in Renton, look who’s all Gallant for Apple’s Goofus.
Microsoft union response stands in stark contrast to Apple, as company offers ‘absolute support’
Some days a guy with a classic Mac on his head just can’t get a break.
It’s good that Apple has increased the salaries of its retail employees. But it’s not always all about wages and while unions aren’t always perfect (and neither are companies), the richest company in the world shouldn’t be afraid of a little collective bargaining. at a time when retail employees were called upon to work historically. Difficult conditions.