NLRB alleges Apple ‘discriminated against employees’ by trying to unionize


The National Labor Relations Board has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging the company “discriminated against employees” at its World Trade Center store, according to Kayla Blado, a spokeswoman for the regulator. The NLRB investigation was spurred by charges filed in May by the Communications Workers of America, the union working with organizers at Apple retail stores in New York, Atlanta and Oklahoma. The Last Store is preparing to hold a vote later this month on whether to become the second US site to unionize.

According to Blado, the NLRB’s complaint alleges that Apple wouldn’t let workers put union flyers on a break room table, even if it allowed other solicitations and notices there. She also said The edge that the agency “found merit” in complaints that Apple had “questioned its employees about their support for the union” and concerted activity around wage talks. The full complaint is not yet publicly available.

Apple has been accused of using many different union busting tactics

Unless Apple settles with the union, it will have to attend a hearing with an NLRB administrative judge on December 13. According to Blado, the agency’s regional manager wants the company to post notices informing workers of their rights (similar to what Amazon had to do last year) and provide training for supervisors. The NLRB cannot impose financial penalties.

Apple did not immediately respond to The edgerequest for comments on the complaint.

In May, the CWA also filed charges that Apple violated labor laws by holding meetings with a captive audience in Atlanta, forcing employees to listen to union-busting talking points. Later that month, the union canceled an election at the store, saying Apple’s intimidation of workers and labor rights violations “made a free and fair election impossible.”


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