You would normally think that the tenth anniversary of Apple’s retail business would be a celebratory time among employees. However, there is one group of employees that aren’t exactly thrilled, so much so, they’re trying to put the finishing touches on the formation of the “Apple Retail Workers Union.”
The group had contacted members of the press on today, which marked ten years since Apple first flung open the doors to their first stores on May 19, 2001 in McLean, Virgina, and Glendale, California. The Apple Retail Workers Union is alleging that Apple’s stores are “demanding” environments and that some employees have been subjected to “unfair treatment and compensation.”
“We deserve better,” the letter read. “Our time has come.”
An anonymous person who represented the organization said that “some stores in the Pacific Northwest may talking amongst themselves” about forming a union. They claimed the Alderwood Mall store in Lynnwood, Washington, is “the closest anyone has come to collective action.”
Claiming “unfair treatment” in Apple’s retail stores, the person had said that wages, break schedules, training opportunities, and selection and hiring processes for internal candidates were primary complaints.