Apple, union buster

From Lauren Feiner's "Labor group accuses Apple of interrogating, surveilling staff at World Trade Center store" posted Thursday on CNBC Pro:

The CWA alleged in an Unfair Labor Practice filing with the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday evening that Apple interrogated and surveilled staff, restricted them from posting union fliers and made them attend mandatory anti-union speeches...

“Apple retail workers across the country are demanding a voice on the job and a seat at the table. Unfortunately, and in contradiction to its stated values, Apple has responded like a typical American corporation with heavy-handed tactics designed to intimidate and coerce workers,” Tim Dubnau, the CWA’s deputy organizing director, said in a release announcing the filing...

The union filed a separate charge on Tuesday, accusing Apple of violating federal labor law by holding captive audience meetings at its Cumberland Mall store in Atlanta.

My take: Right out of the management anti-union playbook. Saw this coming a mile away.

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  1. Robert Paul Leitao said:
    @PED I read your take. My take is: These charges are often routine and come right out of the union’s well-worn playbook. Not to come across as disparaging, it’s similar to political campaigns and nearly requisite attacks on one’s opponents. It would far more challenging for a union to organize if the PR lead talked about how wonderful the employer is and the great working conditions for employees. I’m neutral on the issue.

    May 19, 2022
  2. Fred Stein said:
    Accusations are not facts. Let’s wait to see facts revealed.

    May 19, 2022
    • Hey, I’ve shopped at that Trader Joe’s. There’s a Whole Foods with better produce just down the street. As my wife likes to way, with irony, why pay less?

      May 19, 2022
      • David Emery said:
        There are some TJ products that are staples in our house. Wife lives off their lowfat Greek yoghurt. And we’re both addicted to their “Dark Chocolate Chocolate Lover’s Bar.”

        But even TJ is having supply chain problems. A lot of the products I used to get there, particularly gluten-free snacks, aren’t on the shelves any more. I don’t know if that’s a long-term supply problem or they’ve discontinued them altogether. (That includes the lime chili tortilla rolls, which were really addictive…)

        May 19, 2022
  3. Gary Morton said:
    My father worked in the declining American steel industry for 40 years. The story of nearly the entire industry’s eventual bankruptcy was one of management hubris, exceedingly poor strategic decisions, short-sighted union greed, and nimble foreign competition. Internally management fought the employees and employees fought management. The environment was toxic.

    Companies that have alignment of culture, goals and objectives up and down the organisation do the best over the long haul. They have strong, level 5 managers and leaders and a committed workforce. They don’t need nor want unions. Unions just create an additional, expensive layer between leadership and the workforce.

    May 20, 2022

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