Apple faces US labor complaint over union busting

Apple’s alleged union busting has led to federal action. As The New York Times The National Labor Relations Board has reportedly filed a complaint against Apple after Apple was accused of violating several laws attempting to thwart union organizers at the World Trade Center store in New York City. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union alleges that Apple monitored and questioned employees, restricted access to pro-union flyers, and forced employees to listen to anti-union speech.

The NLRB found sufficient merit in two of the lawsuits. A judge will hold a hearing on December 13 if there is no agreement.

We reached out to Apple for comment. In a statement to The times, a spokesman said the iPhone maker denied CWA’s claims and expects to “present the facts.” In the past, Apple has claimed that unionization hinders labor improvements and prevents “direct engagement” between the company and store employees. Apple told employees it would raise salaries but also that unionization could result in fewer promotions and fixed hours.

There is no certainty that the NLRB complaint will result in a change in Apple’s labor practices. However, teams at several US stores have made bids to form a union. While people at one Atlanta location were giving up their efforts, workers in Towson, Maryland, voted to unionize this spring. Oklahoma City officials are voting next week. Pressure is mounting for Apple to act, if only to minimize similar complaints.

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