Retail Employees at Apple Appreciate Better Working Conditions While Unionization Efforts Continue

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According to Bloomberg, Apple intends to make work hours for retail employees more flexible in an effort to improve working conditions. Some Apple retail staff have been seeking unionization, which has prompted the modifications.

Starting in the future, Apple will increase the minimum time between shifts required for employees to 12 hours from the existing minimum of 10. Unless they opt to work late shifts, employees will not be required to work past 8:00 pm for more than three days a week.

Employees will no longer be required to work more than five days in a row, a reduction from six days, although there may be exceptions for holidays and major product launches, and full-time employees will be entitled to a dedicated weekend day off for every six-month period that they work.

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Bloomberg has learned from employees who talked to the media that the new benefits launched in February will be supplemented by this new scheduling policy. There are now more paid sick days available, more vacation days and extra parental leave accessible to employees at Apple in February.

There have been attempts made to unionize Apple retail shops in the states of Washington, New York, Maryland, and Atlanta, with employees seeking higher compensation, more vacation time, better retirement options, and other perks. However, none of these efforts have been successful to this point.

Apple’s retail chief, Deirdre O’Brien, sent a video to staff in May to discourage them from organizing a union. “It is your right to join a union, and it is also your right not to join a union,” O’Brien stated in the video. She urged staff to contact “a wide range of people and sources” to get a complete picture of what it would mean to “work at Apple under a collective bargaining agreement.”

As a result, a union might make it tougher for Apple to make “rapid, widespread changes” and “make it harder for [Apple] to respond swiftly” to address issues brought up by employees, as O’Brien put it.

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