In short: According to a recent report, some Apple Store workers are trying to hide their unionization plans from the company using Android phones. Employees chose competing devices over their iPhones out of concern that superiors might be listening in on their conversations.
That Washington Post reports that Apple employees in stores across the country are pushing for unionization, which is due to the fact that wages – from 17 to more than 30 dollars an hour – do not rise with inflation. Groups of at least two stores are backed by major national unions and are preparing to file with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the publication writes, citing people familiar with the matter.
Employees met in secret and communicated using encrypted messaging services to avoid detection by managers. They sometimes use phones with Android-rivaling iOS operating systems rather than iPhones to prevent the possibility that Apple can track the devices in some way. Apple, of course, has always been open about respecting the privacy of its users.
One worker said that managers have already begun to convince employees that unionization is a bad idea, which will lead to lower wages and the forced cancellation of Apple benefits. The company tried to convince employees not to fulfill their plans by offering pay raises, but some of them received less than $1 extra an hour.
“I have many colleagues and friends whom I truly love, but they do not earn enough to live,” said one of the union organizers of the Apple Store. “They are struggling and hurting and we are working for a company that has the resources to make sure they are taken care of.”
Apple is the largest company in the world by market capitalization with a valuation of $2.6 trillion, placing it above other $2 trillion+ contributors Saudi Aramco and Microsoft in third place. Google’s parent company Alphabet is in fourth place with a $1.71 trillion valuation.
In other Apple news, the company’s flagship store in Amsterdam was the site of a hostage crisis yesterday that ended with a suspect being run over by a police car while on the run.