Apple raises starting pay to $22 an hour

From Tim Higgins’ “Apple Boosting Pay Budget for Workers Amid Tight Labor Market” posted in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal:

Apple is boosting pay for workers amid rising inflation, a tight labor market and unionization pushes among hourly store employees.

The iPhone maker on Wednesday told employees in an email that the company is increasing its overall compensation budget. Starting pay for hourly workers in the U.S. will rise to $22 an hour, or higher based upon the market, a 45% increase from 2018. Starting salaries in the U.S. are also expected to increase.

“Supporting and retaining the best team members in the world enables us to deliver the best, most innovative, products and services for our customers,” an Apple spokesman said in a statement. “This year as part of our annual performance review process, we’re increasing our overall compensation budget.”

My take: That’s one way to fight a union.

See also: What Apple’s VP of People is telling her people about unions (audio)


  1. Michael Goldfeder said:
    But according to the unidentified anonymous “Union” organizers, Apple’s still $8.00 short. Time for Mark Gurman to step up with a human interest story from Jimmy Hoffa’s grandchildren on how disappointed they are in Apple’s paltry employees’ raise.

    May 26, 2022
  2. Jerry Doyle said:
    “…. My take: That’s one way to fight a union.”

    While pay in the media seems the primary driver in Labor-management negotiations, bargaining among the parties often focuses more on working conditions. Workers will be the first to say they crave more benefits from flexible work hours, work arrangements, discretionary annual leave for employees when they prefer, additional sick & enhanced health benefits, increased per diem and other related travel benefits, access to more educational, in-service training, staff development and other career development opportunities within the organization, more employee input into designing performance appraisals, better equipment along with improved working environment, enhanced safety procedures, and so on. It is not just about pay, per se.

    Within the industrialized nations, Unions have been the most powerful force in building social protections, not just for their own members but for all society. The benefits one often gain in their jobs come not from the benevolence and gratuitous kindness of management and the Employer, but from workers who most often have too demand it through various manifested behavioral acts.

    May 26, 2022
  3. Tom Farris said:
    Nausea before breakfast, how novel…

    May 26, 2022

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