updated 12:40 pm EST, Tue November 8, 2011
Company may be eager to halt organization
Apple is today training its retail managers on the topic of unionization by workers, an internal document received by CNET is said to indicate. The course is described by Apple as mandatory for all new store managers, and "intended to provide managers with a practical understanding of how unions affect the workplace, how and why employees organize, and the legal do's and don'ts of dealing with unions." The class is also "required biannually for all managers," according to one line.
The company is likely to be hostile towards unionization, as it could potentially raise the cost of doing business. At the same time, groups such as the Apple Retail Worker's Union have complained about problems like low compensation for part-time workers, and the handling of issues like break schedules, training opportunities, and internal selection of candidates for jobs. Apple Stores otherwise tend to be highly rated workplaces, for instance cited three years in a row by Glassdoor as one of the top 50 options.