At Apple Grand Central, workers are hoping to organize a union to demand the company to raise the minimum pay for terminal store employees. Retail employees in New York City have taken measures to unionise at the beginning of 2021. This demand for more wages is because the employees believe that they are more valuable in the labor market.
The union organisers said that they seek minimum $30 per hour for all the employees which is built up on a matrix based on role, tenure and performance. They also look for more benefits like improved tuition compensation, more vacation time and also improved retirement policy. They also want the company to conduct a survey on security protocols with customer interactions and also look into the health effects caused by building materials and noise pollution at Grand Central.
iPhone manufacturer employees make nearly $17 to more than $30 per hour. A retail competitor is also giving minimum wage $20 per hour.An employee-led organising committee is gathering permission cards to gauge the store’s degree of support for unionisation. In order to file with the National Labor Relations Board, which is a necessary step before submitting a union petition, the union requires 30 percent of the approximately 270 eligible employees at the Grand Central site.
Workers at an Amazon warehouse on Staten Island voted to create a union earlier this month. Starbucks stores around the country have also chosen to join the union. Workers United, an offshoot of the Service Staff International Union that has overseen numerous successful Starbucks unionisation drives, is seeking representation for Apple Grand Central retail employees.The iPhone manufacturer has 154,000 employees around the world, according to a financial filing, and 270 U.S. stores. Apple reported over $365 billion in sales around the world in its fiscal 2021.