Union Accuses Apple of Firing Workers in Retaliation for Organizing
The Unions aren't happy with the Apple terminations. Who will be next?
Unions have played a big role in protecting the rights of employees and advocating for better working conditions. The one thing I've noticed with unions is that they negotiate with employers to ensure fair treatment. They commonly operate under a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) which just means they have a legally binding contract between the employers and themselves. Commonly the CBA will outline the terms and conditions of employment, wages, benefits, hours, and job security.
Allegedly Apple fired five workers in Kansas City and disciplined one in Texas, according to The Communications Workers of America union. This was all in retaliation for organizing. The union has further allegations that accuse the company of promising employees better working conditions and interrogating the employees unlawfully. Apple allegedly wanted the employees not to support the union and also threatened them with worse working conditions.
In a CWA press release, D’lite Xion, one employee who was fired says Apple management said they had fired him for a typo in his timesheet even though he had documented it and attempted to correct it. He also went on to reveal that the real reason he was fired is that he was exercising his rights to win and organize a protected voice in the workplace.
Another employee says she was given a notice for arriving a minute late to work three times within the same month. According to the Washington Post, she was fired after she had two more problems by coming late. In this regard, the Union filed two charges referring to unfair labor practices with the National Labour Relations Board.
Apple hasn't responded to the allegations. Apparently, Apple has been here before as this isn't the first time they have been accused of unfair labor practices. These commonly come in the way they behave towards their workers who are attempting to organize. The National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of the workers saying that Apple interrogated the employees. In addition to that they are accused of coercing employees in Atlanta who also agree to the accusations. Apparently, Apple discriminated against employee union efforts in New York.
The claims continue to grow as more come up with the same allegations. Organizers at Towson Town Center, Apple’s first unionized retail locations are also accusing the company of doing the same to them this time only by withholding information on new benefits issued to other ununionized workers. This made it difficult to bargain for the same treatment.
So much has been said about Apple especially when it comes to employee treatment. Their non-response to defend themselves raises even bigger questions. Unions have also been criticized in the past as some say they increase the cost of labor and create unfavorable conditions for their members. Additionally, unions can also become too powerful and may sometimes not have the best interests of employees.Advertisement