The union accused Apple of interrogating and surveilling staff, requiring workers to attend anti-union speeches and restricting placement of union fliers.
From Tripp Mickle's "N.L.R.B. Issues Complaint Against Apple" posted Tuesday by the New York Times:
The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint against Apple over accusations that it interrogated its retail workers about their union support and prevented pro-labor fliers in a store break room.
The Communications Workers of America told the N.L.R.B. in May that Apple had violated several labor laws in an attempt to stymie labor organizers at its World Trade Center store in New York. The union accused Apple of interrogating and surveilling staff, requiring workers to attend anti-union speeches and restricting placement of union fliers.
The agency found merit in two of those claims.
Sara Steffens, the secretary-treasurer for the Communications Workers of America, praised the N.L.R.B. on Tuesday for holding Apple accountable. “Apple has a choice,” she said in a statement. “Does it want to be known for intimidating its workers and creating a culture of fear, or does it want to live up to its stated values and welcome true collaboration with all of its employees?”
An Apple spokesman said the company disagreed with the union’s claims and looked “forward to presenting the facts.” He added that the company valued the work of its retail staff.
My take: There are rules about this kind of thing, which some companies discover only when the labor board comes calling. Apple, however, can afford good legal advice and probably knew exactly what it was doing.