Apple Prepares to Crush Apple Store Unions

Apple Prepares to Crush Apple Store Unions

Post by Karolina Dean...Big money weave a mighty we » Thu, 10 Nov 2011 05:26:27


http://gawker.com/5857523/apple-prepares-to-crush-apple-store-unions

Apple Prepares to Crush Apple Store Unions
Starting today, Apple Store managers will have to undergo
euphemistically-titled "union awareness" training, to learn about
attempts by employees to unionize. It's safe to say Apple doesn't want
unions getting in the way of their creepily efficient customer
service.

While there are plenty of worse places you could be working than the
Apple Store, all is not perfect in the gleaming temples to
consumerism. Workers complain of rigorous hours and low pay, like any
retail job, as well as Apple-specific hardships, the constant threat
of censure for something as trivial as saying "unfortunately" too
much.

Apple must be feeling the heat from a potential populist Genius
uprising. One Apple Store employee launched an effort to unionize US
Stores this summer; in Italy, Apple Store employees have already gone
on strike for improved working conditions.

Cnet reports on the "Union Awareness" program, just launched today:

"This course is intended to provide managers with a practical
understanding of how unions affect the workplace, how and why
employees organize, and the legal do's and don'ts of dealing with
unions," the training description reads. "This is a mandatory class
for all new managers, and is required biannually for all managers."

The posting adds that the course "is a great opportunity to meet our
legal team and ask any questions you may have."

On the plus side, if Apple decides to really go the anti-union route,
we can expect their propaganda videos to be way slicker than Target's
hack job.

 
 
 

Apple Prepares to Crush Apple Store Unions

Post by syvyn1 » Thu, 10 Nov 2011 08:05:00

On Nov 8, 3:26?pm, "Karolina Dean...Big money weave a mighty web"

Quote:

> http://gawker.com/5857523/apple-prepares-to-crush-apple-store-unions

> Apple Prepares to Crush Apple Store Unions
> Starting today, Apple Store managers will have to undergo
> euphemistically-titled "union awareness" training, to learn about
> attempts by employees to unionize. It's safe to say Apple doesn't want
> unions getting in the way of their creepily efficient customer
> service.

> While there are plenty of worse places you could be working than the
> Apple Store, all is not perfect in the gleaming temples to
> consumerism. Workers complain of rigorous hours and low pay, like any
> retail job, as well as Apple-specific hardships, the constant threat
> of censure for something as trivial as saying "unfortunately" too
> much.

> Apple must be feeling the heat from a potential populist Genius
> uprising. One Apple Store employee launched an effort to unionize US
> Stores this summer; in Italy, Apple Store employees have already gone
> on strike for improved working conditions.

> Cnet reports on the "Union Awareness" program, just launched today:

> "This course is intended to provide managers with a practical
> understanding of how unions affect the workplace, how and why
> employees organize, and the legal do's and don'ts of dealing with
> unions," the training description reads. "This is a mandatory class
> for all new managers, and is required biannually for all managers."

> The posting adds that the course "is a great opportunity to meet our
> legal team and ask any questions you may have."

> On the plus side, if Apple decides to really go the anti-union route,
> we can expect their propaganda videos to be way slicker than Target's
> hack job.

GOOD!   I hate unions.