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Alderwood Apple Store staff threaten walkout

updated 09:20 am EDT, Tue September 22, 2009

Serious concerns about management

Workers at the Alderwood Mall Apple Store in Lynnwood, Washington have taken the unusual step of planning a walkout, accounts say. The action is currently expected to take place at 1PM on Saturday, October 3rd. Creatives, Geniuses and Mac Specialists will allegedly leave the building, gaining support from some of the outlet's former employees.

At the heart of the dispute are complaints about the store's management, which is described as being "abusive," possilbly violating state and federal labor laws. Apple's human resources department has not done a proper investigation, workers charge, and no progress is said to have been made by talking with the company's senior retail VP, Ron Johnson. Should the walkout go ahead as planned, it may be the first such labor action in Apple's history.




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  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Wow.

    This could get interesting.

  1. bogmonster

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Dare I say it...

    MobileWe
    or perhaps iUnion

    Anyhow, good on 'em.

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  1. DanielSw

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -13

    Fire the whole lot of them now

    Hire from the other hundreds who applied.

  1. ff11

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    What's the beef?

    The story gives absolutely no hints as to what this "abusive" behavior was.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Turnover

    I used to get job postings for the Seattle and Portland area stores. It looks like there's a lot of employee turnover in these places. I don't know if it's due to crappy management or just kids moving from job to job.

  1. DeezNutts

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +21

    Re: Fire the whole lot of them


    I think I'd go for firing the managers first. If the whole store is walking out then that speaks volumes about the leadership in that place.

    You aren't going to find people walking out during a workday in this economy unless some seriously screwed up sh*t is going down.

  1. DeezNutts

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Re: Fire the whole lot of them


    I think I'd go for firing the managers first. If the whole store is walking out then that speaks volumes about the leadership in that place.

    You aren't going to find people walking out during a workday in this economy unless some seriously screwed up sh*t is going down.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +10

    Sounds serious

    It sounds serious, but the article doesn't mention what their complaints with the management are. There's not enough data here to form a reasonable opinion.

  1. jeff3835

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +12

    Nothing New

    I worked for Apple retail for almost 3 years and it was great until we got a store manager with an attitude and started creating discontent. And I know of a several other stores that are experiencing the same problems with the management staff. And Apple HR is no help at all, they always back the store manager.

  1. b9robot

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Would be nice to know more details

    Would be nice to know more details into what kind of abusive behavior by management is going on. Must be really, really, bad for employees to threaten this kind of action.

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