(NEW YORK) — Today, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against Apple for multiple federal labor law violations. The charge details illegal activities at the company’s World Trade Center flagship store, such as interrogating staff, surveillance, restricting the posting of union fliers, and requiring employees to attend mandatory anti-union speeches. The charge also asserts that Apple’s overly broad, company-wide, no solicitation policy violates the National Labor Relations Act because it is intended to discourage employees from engaging in union activity. This is the second unfair labor practice charge filed against Apple by CWA within the span of a week.
“Apple retail workers across the country are demanding a voice on the job and a seat at the table. Unfortunately, and in contradiction to its stated values, Apple has responded like a typical American corporation with heavy-handed tactics designed to intimidate and coerce workers,” said Tim Dubnau, CWA’s Deputy Organizing Director. “The best thing Apple can do is allow workers to choose for themselves whether or not they want a union. When we learn of situations where Apple is violating labor law, we intend to hold the company accountable and help the workers defend their rights under the law.”
Yesterday, CWA filed an unfair labor practice charge on behalf of retail workers at the Apple Cumberland Mall store, accusing the company of violating the National Labor Relations Act by requiring workers to listen to anti-union propaganda during mandatory meetings. Last week, a leaked memo revealed that Apple has been circulating anti-union talking points for store managers in multiple Apple locations. The company also hired anti-union lawyers from notorious union-busting firm Littler Mendelson.
The Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE-CWA) is an initiative by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) supporting workers’ organizing efforts in the technology and game industries.