Apple is reportedly withholding new benefits from unionized retail workers

reportedly refuses to offer new benefits to its employees. Corresponding , the unionized workers at the Towson, Maryland store will have to negotiate with Apple for benefits when they negotiate a collective bargaining agreement. The perks in question have not yet been publicly announced, but they are said to include additional health plan benefits, funds to take educational courses, and a free Coursera membership in some countries.

The report notes that withholding gratuities from unionized workers who organized Apple could discourage workers in other retail stores from forming a union. Workers at an Oklahoma City location are voting in a union election this week. Apple faced labor disputes on other fronts, with some employees defying a mandate to return to the company’s offices (a stance Apple eventually embraced). The company was too.

Withholding benefits from unionized workers or those who wish to organize is not exactly a new issue. Starbucks has given some benefits to non-union cafes, saying it can’t offer them to unionized locations all at once. In April, Activision Blizzard said that Raven Software workers (they have since voted to form a union) acted because of their legal obligations under the National Labor Relations Act. The National Labor Relations Board holding back the company over workers’ union activity.

Workers at Apple’s Towson facility will shortly begin formal collective bargaining with Apple. Engadget has reached out to the company for comment. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers’ Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (I AM CORE) made the following statement to Engadget:

“Despite today’s news from Apple, our goal is still the same. We urge Apple to negotiate in good faith so that we can reach an agreement in the coming weeks. The IAM CORE Negotiating Committee is committed to reaching an agreement that gives our IAM CORE members due respect and dignity at work and sets the standard in the technology industry.”

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