Apple employee has filed a Labor Board complaint accusing the company of union busting

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In Atlanta, Apple store workers claim the business has violated the National Labor Relations Act by holding sessions with a captive audience to oppose an ongoing union drive at the location. The Communications Workers of America, which is trying to organize the business, has already filed a complaint about the unfair labor practices.

A union election was held at the Cumberland Mall Apple shop in April. Many workers have expressed their desire to have more control over their wages and benefits as well as their health policies.

Employees at the Cumberland shop are one of three who have formally begun union organizing efforts. Numerous others have begun the process of putting together their plans.

According to Vice, Apple has sent anti-union talking lines to select store managers, but the firm has not officially stated whether it favours the union or not. Littler Mendelson, a well-known anti-union law firm, has been engaged to react to the Atlanta union drive.

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Apple has begun posting a two-page notice in retail outlets outlining the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and the benefits it offers.

Captive audience meetings, in which employees are compelled to attend anti-union sessions by their employers, are a contentious strategy. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has traditionally permitted talks with a captive audience up to 24 hours before an election. Such meetings are illegal, according to an April 7th memo from the National Labor Relations Agency general counsel Jennifer Abruzzo, which indicates that the board will take more strong action against this technique in the future.

“This licence to coerce is an oddity in labour law, inconsistent with the Act’s protection of employees’ free choice,” wrote Abruzzo. “It is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the rights of employers to speak.”

In light of Apple’s retail management practices, the new regulation is very pertinent. Each day begins with a “daily download” meeting, in which the company’s executives discuss updates on the company’s progress. Workers at brick-and-mortar locations across the country tell The Verge that since the union efforts have started to gain national attention, these meetings have started to incorporate themes like how to maintain a store’s culture and take advantage of existing benefits, as well as overt anti-union talking points.

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