Apple Retail Employees Reportedly Using Android Phones and Encrypted Chats to Keep Union Plans Secret

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Apple may be the biggest company in the world with a market capitalization of nearly $3 trillion, but its retail workers hardly seem to benefit from all that success, according to the latest reports. As a result, employees at several Apple Stores across the United States are secretly trying to unionize over take-home pay issues.

According to sources speaking to The Washington Post. Additionally, six other locations are believed to be in earlier stages of the unionization process.

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Apple’s hourly rates are consistent with what other retailers in the same regions pay, but the animosity stems from the fact that most of those other companies don’t earn as much as the tech giant. Rising inflation and house prices across the country are also impacting unionization decisions, and many workers feel their hourly wages are not keeping pace. The pro-union workers spoke to the media in confidence, not wanting to come out with their identities just yet to avoid possible retaliation from Apple. To avoid eavesdropping by store managers and ensure their anonymity, said employees also allegedly used encrypted chats and even Android phones.


Apple has over 270 locations in the United States alone and employs over 65,000 retail workers. The company is known for its loyal customers and employees and has seen amazing growth in recent years. It has generated over $365 billion revenue for the twelve months to September 30, 2021 – a 33% year-over-year increase. The company said it plans to increase the pay of retail employees by 2% to 10% “depending on the location and role of the store”, according to Bloombergand will double the number of sick days available to full-time and part-time employees, as well as increases to vacation day allocations and paid parental leave up to six weeks.

Retail workers’ fight for unionization is said to have been inspired by recent victories at several Starbucks stores in the United States, which began at a store in Buffalo, New York and have since expanded to nearly 100 stores Across the country.


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