“Apple has begun planning how to respond if its retail employees unionize,” Josh Lowensohn reports for CNET.
“In an internal document obtained by CNET, the company posted information about a training course on the topic, which takes place [today] and is required to be taken by all new store managers,” Lowensohn reports. “The move comes about six months after an employee-driven effort unionize Apple’s retail workers. That store-by-store effort, called the Apple Retail Workers Union, cited Apple for providing poor compensation to its part time employees, as well as calling attention to alleged deficiencies in Apple’s ‘break schedules, training opportunities,’ and ‘the selection and hiring process for internal candidates for open positions.'”
Lowensohn reports, “A retail union holds the potential to drive up Apple’s operating costs if employees are able to successfully negotiate increases to pay and benefits. Having a union in the first place grants them the ability to set up those negotiations but does not guarantee that Apple would agree to any changes… Apple has its own rights on the matter. The company can do campaigning of its own, letting employees know that it’s against a union.”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]