Apple union vote cancelled

“Thanks to what we started here in Atlanta, Apple will be giving all employees in all stores an unplanned raise." -- Union organizing committee

From Kif Leswing's "Apple union push faces setback as Atlanta organizers withdraw vote bid, citing alleged intimidation, rising Covid cases" posted Friday on CNBC:

A union vote at an Apple store at the Cumberland Mall location in Atlanta is in doubt after the union trying to organize the retail workers withdrew its request for an election.

The union, Communications Workers of America, alleged in a statement that Apple has violated labor laws and made a fair election impossible. In addition, CWA said that there are rising numbers of Covid cases at the store, which could affect the vote due to workers’ health concerns.

The vote was scheduled for next week. If successful, it would have been the first unionized U.S. Apple store.

“An overwhelming majority of the workers at the Cumberland Mall Store announced that they were forming a union in April and requested recognition from the company,” a CWA representative said in a statement. “Since then, Apple has conducted a systematic, sophisticated campaign to intimidate them and interfere with their right to form a union,” a “behavior [that] violates U.S. law, the principles of Apple’s credo and vendor code of conduct, and international human rights standards.”

“It’s an outrage and a shame that Apple chose to spend tens of thousands of dollars to pay a third party, outside ‘union avoidance’ law firm, abandon its professed values, and aggressively and deceitfully union bust in our store, interfering with our legal right to organize a union,” the message continued.

My take: If you're going to lose anyway, might as quit and declare victory.

See also: Apple raises starting pay to $22 an hour

6 Comments

  1. Michael Goldfeder said:
    Just another example of the old adage:

    “Don’t let your elephant mouth override your hummingbird #**!”

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    May 28, 2022
  2. David Emery said:
    A different take, “If you’re going to lose anyway, claim the process was ‘unfair’.”

    (I’m trying to remember a Union election where the union lost and they said “It was a fair election but we lost.” )

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    May 28, 2022
    • Tom Farris said:
      @David Emery – Yeah, I understand and agree that it’s hard to remember something that happened the day after NEVER…

      I have been fortunate enough to have only encountered unions in my work life a couple of times when I was just starting out in the working world. It was sufficiently awful that by the time I was 18 I was thoroughly disabused of the notion of the union being my benefactor in any fashion.

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      May 28, 2022
  3. Fred Stein said:
    This phrase, “overwhelming majority” makes me suspicious.

    If true, the union movement for Apple employees would be for more robust across the nation.

    Blaming Covid, seems far fetched.

    PS: I’m generally pro-union, also anti-BS.

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    May 28, 2022

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