Apple Retail Store in New York City Moving to Unionize

Apr 18, 2022 By MarketDepth

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Workers at Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) Grand Central Terminal retail location in New York City are making moves to unionize. The employees have begun to gather signatures, according to a report from The Washington Post. Organizer’s at the retail store revealed that votes were casted on February 21 to partner with Workers United, the national labor union.

Seeking Representation

The Organizer’s, who call themselves Fruit Stand Workers United, are now seeking representation by Workers United, as it has overseen the prosperous union within some Starbucks stores in the U.S..

Higher Pay and Benefits

FSWU is asking for higher pay, power over the available benefits, workplace safety and other employment dealings. Staff pointed out that while the company has experienced a rise in fortunes, “its retail workers live precariously.”

“Grand Central is an extraordinary store with unique working conditions that make a union necessary to ensure our team has the best possible standards of living in what have proven to be extraordinary times with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and once-in-a-generation consumer price inflation.”

FSWU’s website states

The Post had previously reported that various Apple stores were preparing to unionize following salary complaints as well as concerns over poor working conditions.

“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.” 

Apple spokesperson said in a statement to The Post