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Apple Staff Begin the Process to Enact First US Union

Workers at Apple’s New York Grand Central Station shop have stated their intention to form a union.

It would be the first union at one of the internet giant’s US outlets if their application is successful.

To be eligible for a union election, the Fruit Stand Workers United group needs collect signatures from 30 percent of the store’s employees.

Staff at Starbucks and Amazon have been pushing for unionization. The announcement has elicited no response from Apple.

“Grand Central is an outstanding shop with unique working circumstances that make a union imperative to ensure our workforce has the finest possible standards of living,” according to a statement on the proposed union’s campaign website.

The organization claimed themselves as operating in “exceptional times with the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic and once-in-a-generation consumer price inflation,” yet the names of the staff members directing the initiative were not disclosed on their website.

The organization also wants a $30 (£23) minimum hourly salary for all workers, increased vacation time, and details on more stringent safety practices at the Grand Central facility, according to the group.

Workers United is an affiliate of the national Service Employees International Union, which was founded in 2009 after the merger of numerous previous unions.

After election victory in New York last year, a Starbucks unionisation movement sponsored by Workers United has spread throughout the country.

After an insurgent campaign won an election at a facility in adjacent Staten Island earlier this month, Amazon is facing a mounting fight from unions.

According to The Washington Post, employees at at least three other Apple stores are also attempting to organize.

Bob Carlson
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