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Apple to train managers on unionization by store workers

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.

by MacNN Staff




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  1. freddymac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Unions suck

    Lets bring in union workers that cant be fired for fear of lawsuits. Lets raise everyones pay because they should get $50K a year to be a cashier. They will need lots of money to pay their useless union dues. The stores are too bright, we need more chairs to sit on during our shift, the floors are to slick and hard, I can help you after my union break. s**** the unions. All they do is destroy business in america. ask any american auto worker or see what they have done to Las Vegas. It will destroy Apples retail experience.

  1. gudin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Did you enjoy your weekend? Or 8 hour workday? 40 hour work week? Thank the unions.

  1. LenE

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Treat your workers right

    and they will never unionize. Apple does this, and shouldn't have any problems.

    Today's unions have the problem that they have achieved almost every "common sense" reform through law that they needed to, decades ago. Those work week bounds are great, but they have been law for a long time. They are institutionalized, and the unions no longer have to push anything. When an organization achieves it's goal, the new goal is to find a new reason to exist.

    Unions aren't as useful and revered as they used to be. It appears the new goals tend to align much less with the interests of the rank and file members, except for guaranteeing pay with little or no required work. Corruption and thuggery to keep members or potential members in line are way too common, these days.

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  1. QualleyIV

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lazy SHI*bags

    Unions are for lazy s****bags. Enjoy paying higher taxes so that the government can bailout businesses that have had their very existence threatened by the union extortion? Thank the unions.

    Seriously, you want to see what good unions are? Look at UPS and FedEx. UPS is union, FedEx is not. Employees at FedEx make MORE money for the SAME job as at UPS. Unions are great if you're an underperforming a** clown who thinks they "deserve" to have a job no matter how poorly you do it. Not so great if you actually think that your performance should have anything to do with your pay...

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  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Unions must DIE

    Anyone in favor of unions should be hung. Lazy douche-bags! Go learn a skill you useless human beings.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Treat your workers right

    and they will never unionize. Apple does this, and shouldn't have any problems.

    Um, if they did this, they wouldn't have issues with people wanting to unionize.

    Oh, and you don't have to treat them right. You can also just say "Unionize and we'll close the store". You know, like Wal-mart does.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Nap time

    Unions are great for people who like to nap on the job.

  1. beb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A use for unions...

    How about making it a federal law that workers must receive a minimum of 12 paid vacation days a year?

  1. gudin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The mindless shortsighted hatred being thrown around here against unions is rather silly. You know what unions do when the choice is "make some changes or the industry collapses"? They make compromises. The auto unions did exactly that (e.g. cut starting wages by more than 50%). The industry survived. To the extent that they overstep, sure. So do businesses. Pretty sure the banking collapse and mortgage bubble exploding had nothing to do with unions. We are not in our current situation because of unions. We are in it because of greed. By non-unionized people and businesses. A lot more money was spent bailing them out than was spent bailing out companies with union issues. Unions, if anything, want BOTH the company AND the workers to succeed. If they overstep, it's because they think the business is doing better than it actually is. They are made up of people, and people make mistakes. Business primary objective is making money for themselves. Nothing wrong with that, but it does not encourage them to pay more for their employees. The employees themselves need to do that. That's why unions were created. To suggest that people should not be allowed to make contracts with their employers collectively, is just ridiculous. There is a reason for the success of the American middle class in the 50s and 60s, it was because regular people could do well for themselves, and a significant chunk of that was because of unions. A healthy middle class is what allowed american industry to do well, and unions are a big part of that. If unions are dishonest, they should be controlled, as should dishonest businesses. Neither case should result in preventing the other from existing.

  1. facebook_Scott

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    Joined: Nov 2011



    Great now the 18 year olds will have protection from being fired to acting like jerks to the customers as in every store. Then wait till they see another 6% come out for the Union dues each month for the summer time jobs or short term employment they mostly have. This is as bad as the the Union protection for Graphic Artists industry. I hope Apple shows them the door when the first person says the word union. The Union is a very good group for City workers, Big Labor Force, and Teachers.

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