Apple caught denying benefits to union workers

Apple's meddling again!

MajorLinux - Editor-in-chief

In this day and age, it is so easy to just shut up, sit down, and listen to people when things are bad. Especially if a group of them have a set of issues that they collectively agree needs addressing. Yet organizations with more money than they know what to do with can’t seem to just acknowledge it and fix it. They rather find a way to punish them. Organizations like Apple find the need to make it worse for those who have complaints.

Some Towson, Maryland Apple Store employees have allegedly been denied new benefits because they chose to do just that. According to a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint, Apple just decided the union members don’t get new benefits.

The NLRB believes that Apple is being stingy with the benefits in hopes that it will discourage other staff from joining or forming a union. The withheld benefits include new healthcare options, a Coursera subscription, and prepaid college tuition at select schools.

The Towson Apple Store is the first of their retail locations in the United States to unionize. They joined the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). Not too long after that, Apple began rolling out these new benefits. Once it became apparent that the Towson location was not getting the benefits, the union members simultaneously sent an email to CEO Tim Cook and filed a NLRB complaint.

We are pleased that the NLRB has recognized the importance of upholding the rights of IAM CORE members and ensuring that all Employers, regardless of size, respect our Federal laws.”

IAM Easter Territory general vice president David Sullivan

Source: The Verge

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By MajorLinux Editor-in-chief
Marcus Summers is a Linux system administrator by trade. He has been working with Linux for nearly 15 years and has become a fan of open source ideals. He self identifies as a socialist and believes that the world's information should be free for all.
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