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Apple’s Grand Central Terminal Store Workers collect signatures to unionize

The organisers are leading the movement under the banner of Fruit Stand Workers United.

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Apple store workers in the Grand Central terminal are collecting signatures to unionize

Apple’s Grand Central Terminal store workers have started collecting signatures in an ongoing effort to form the company’s first union, as per the report by The Washington Post.

The organisers leading the movement, under the banner of Fruit Stand Workers United, claim they voted to affiliate with Workers United on February 21st, according to a recent website update. That is the same labour union that has assisted Starbucks employees across the United States in unionising.

Fruit Stand Workers United says, “Grand Central is an extraordinary store with unique working conditions that necessitate a union to ensure our team has the best possible standard of living in what have proven to be extraordinary times with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and once-in-a-generation consumer price inflation.”

Apple has around 270 locations in the United States alone. According to The Washington Post, at least three additional retail establishments are aiming to create a union. Organizers are handing out signature cards at the company’s Grand Central office. Fruit Stand Workers United can petition the National Labor Relations Board to arrange an election if at least 30% of the store’s employees express an interest in unionisation.

Apple refused to say if it would support the unionisation effort when asked by The Washington Post. Participants in the unionisation drive accused Apple of employing “union-busting” strategies, including messaging employees to convince them that unionisation is not in their best interests.

Apple, however, in a statement to The Post said, “We are fortunate to have incredible retail team members and we deeply value everything they bring to Apple. We are pleased to offer very strong 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.”

Amid a pandemic that has disproportionately affected vital employees, numerous firms in the United States have begun to unionise, most notably Amazon’s JFK8 fulfilment facility on Staten Island. At the beginning of April, a majority of warehouse employees decided to create the first-ever Amazon union. Despite spending $4.3 million on anti-union consultants in 2021, the initiative was effective.

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