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Apple workers at NYC store hope to be next in Big Tech unionisation
Apple workers at NYC store hope to be next in Big Tech unionisation

New York, April 19 (TIWN) Employees at an Apple New York City store in Grand Central Terminal have started collecting signatures to form a union.

The story was first reported by The Washington Post.  So far, no Apple store has successfully formed a union. The organisers call themselves 'Fruit Stand Workers United', and announced in an update on their website that they voted to affiliate themselves with the Workers United labour union on February 21, 2022.  Recently, the Workers United backed the unionisation efforts at Starbucks across the US.  Organisers at Apple Grand Central are handing out signature cards so employees can express interest in forming a union.  If at least 30 per cent sign, the organisers can file a petition with the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a union election.  "Grand Central is an extraordinary store with unique working conditions that make a union necessary to ensure our team has the best possible standards of living in what have proven to be extraordinary times," the organisers' website reads, citing inflation rates and pandemic-related store closures.  The Washington Post had earlier reported that several Apple stores were getting ready to unionise amid complaints that wages can't keep up with the skyrocketing rate of inflation and poor working conditions.  The Post's recent report suggests that "at least three" other Apple store locations are progressing towards forming a union.  Apple's reaction seemed politically correct but far from supportive.  "We are fortunate to have incredible retail team members and we deeply value everything they bring to Apple," an Apple spokesperson said in a statement to The Post.

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