Better Worker Benefits are also a Priority for the Group
Employees at Apple’s flagship Grand Central Terminal facility in New York City who are attempting to organize a union want the tech giant to pay them at least $30 per hour. According to CNBC, Fruit Stand Workers United, the organization leading the movement, made the request in a website update on Monday.
The organization stated, “For salary, we demand a minimum of $30 for all workers, built up on a matrix depending on role, tenure, and performance.” “We want more robust changes in terms of benefits, such as increased tuition reimbursement, faster accrued and more vacation time, and better retirement options, such as higher 401(k) match rates and enrollment into pension plans.”
Apple pays retail employees between $17 and $30 per hour, depending on their job, expertise, and location, according to The Washington Post, which was the first to report on the Grand Central Terminal unionization campaign. Apple stated, “We are lucky to have excellent retail team members, and we deeply respect what they do to Apple.” “We are proud to provide excellent salary and benefits to both full-time and part-time employees, including health insurance, tuition reimbursement, new parental leave, paid family leave, annual stock grants, and a variety of additional advantages.”
Fruit Stand Workers United organizers have lately begun collecting signatures from their coworkers. If at least 30% of the store’s about 270 eligible employees indicate interest in creating a union, the group can apply for an election with the National Labor Relations Board. According to The Washington Post, at least three other stores are attempting to form a union.
Apple said in the beginning of the year that all of its US retail employees will receive increased benefits. Increased vacation and sick days, paid parental leave, and other perks are now available to employees as of April 4th. Apple, like many other stores, has struggled to hire and keep frontline employees during the pandemic. Retail employees have complained about harsh working circumstances, including low pay, stressful workloads due to staffing shortages, and low morale, throughout the same time period.
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