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US company demands minimum wage: Apple employees want union

US company demands minimum wage: Apple employees want union

Apple Store workers in New York want to form a union. On Monday, they announced that they had begun collecting signatures.

The goal is the approval of at least 30 percent of employees, which is the minimum quota to create a union. It will be the first in the US technology group.

Workers at the Apple Grand Central Station Store in Manhattan are organized into a group It calls itself the “Fruit Stand Workers’ Union”..

Their campaign to form a union backed by the United Workers. Employees of several Starbucks branches have joined their efforts under this name in recent months. The labor union, in turn, is part of the International Federation of Influential Unionized Service Employees in the United States.

The United Labor Organization confirmed the support of Apple employees to Agence France-Presse. The organization stressed that “this campaign, like many current campaigns, is being led by workers” and not by a traditional union. “We recognize the tremendous courage these workers have in standing up for their rights and we will support them every step of the way.”

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These are “extraordinary times” – the group referred to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and high inflation “unprecedented in our generation,” Fruit Stand Workers United said on its website. The group demanded a minimum wage of $30 an hour and more paid time off.

Example effect for other branches?

The Washington Post, citing Apple workers, reported that preparations for the formation of unions are underway in at least three other stores in the United States. Initially, the iPhone manufacturer Apple did not comment on this topic when asked by AFP.

In the US, workers at two Starbucks stores in Buffalo, New York formed a union in December — preparations are underway in more than 160 stores.

In early April, workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York, voted for the company’s first union representation; At the end of April, voting will take place at another camp nearby. Amazon has announced that it will take action against the vote that has already taken place. (AFP)