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Employees at Apple stores in Grand Central Terminal begin collecting signatures to form a union

According to a report by The Washington Post.

The organizers, who reportedly went through Fruit Stand Workers United, announced in an update on its website that they had voted to join the Workers United union on February 21, 2022. Workers United is the same group that supports the recent organizing efforts at Starbucks stores. Across the country.

As noted The post office, organizers at the Grand Central site are currently handing out signature cards so employees can express their interest in forming a union. If at least 30 percent of workers approve, organizers can petition the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold a union election. So far, no Apple store has managed to form a union.

“Grand Central is an extraordinary store with unique working conditions that make a union necessary to ensure our team has the best possible standard of living in what has proven to be an extraordinary time,” the organizers’ website reads, citing inflation rates and the pandemic. store closings.

Back in February The post office reported that several Apple stores were preparing to unionize amid complaints that wages couldn’t keep up with skyrocketing inflation and poor working conditions. The post officeThe recent report from suggests that “at least three” other Apple stores are moving toward union formation.

“We are blessed with incredible members of the retail team and deeply appreciate all they bring to Apple,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement. The post office. “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, grants annual shares and many other benefits.” Apple and the NLRB did not immediately respond to The edgerequest for comment.

Earlier this year, Apple increased benefits for part-time and full-time employees following The edgereport that Apple store employees are struggling with low wages and a stressful work environment. Throughout the pandemic, retail workers have also had to deal with changing mask guidelines, store closures, as well as having to submit proof of a COVID-19 recall. or show a negative COVID-19 test before entering the store.

Update April 16 at 6:51 p.m. ET: Added an updated link to the Fruit Stand Workers United website.