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Apple Store workers at Grand Central Terminal begin collecting signatures to form a union

Apple Store workers at Grand Central Terminal begin collecting signatures to form a union

According to a report in The Washington Post, retail Apple employees at a New York City store in Grand Central Terminal have begun collecting signatures to form a union.

The organizers, who go by the Fruit Stand Workers United, announced in an update on their website that they voted to affiliate themselves with the Workers United Labor Union on February 21, 2022. Workers United is the same group that supported the recent unionization efforts at Starbucks. inventory. Country.

As noted by The Post, organizers of the Grand Central location are currently giving out signature cards so that employees can express interest in unionizing. If at least 30 percent of the workers sign it, the organizers can file a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold union elections. As of now, there is no such Apple Store that has successfully formed an association.

The organizers' website said of inflation rates and the pandemic, "Grand Central is an exceptional store with unparalleled working conditions, which require a consortium to ensure that our team has an exceptional time-proven standard of living." of the best possible standard." Referring to the relevant readings. Shop closed.

Back in February, The Post reported that many Apple stores were getting ready to unionize amid complaints that wages couldn't keep up with the skyrocketing rate of inflation and poor working conditions. A recent report from the Post suggests that "at least three" other Apple Store locations are moving toward forming a union.

"We are fortunate to have members of the incredible retail team and we value everything we bring to Apple," an Apple spokesperson said in a statement to The Post. “We are pleased to offer very robust compensation and benefits for full-time and part-time employees, including health care, tuition reimbursement, new parental leave, paid family leave, annual stock grants and many other benefits.” Apple and the NLRB did not immediately respond to The Verge's request for comment.

Earlier this year, Apple extended benefits to both part-time and full-time retail employees, when The Verge reported that Apple Store employees are grappling with low pay and a stressful working environment. During the pandemic, retail employees have dealt with changing mask guidance, store closures as well as requiring them to present proof of a COVID-19 booster shot or show a negative COVID-19 test before entering a store.

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