Bulletins

Apple retail workers withdraw bid for union

The Communications Workers of America said Apple has repeatedly violated the National Labor Relations Act, making a free and fair election "impossible."

Person wearing a mask walks in front of Apple logo

The Communications Workers of America said that it withdrew its application to hold a union election for an Apple Store in Atlanta.

Photo: Bloomberg via Getty

Apple store workers in Atlanta were reportedly intimidated out of hosting a union election, according to Bloomberg.


The Communications Workers of America, the group that was looking to unionize Apple store employees in Atlanta, said that it withdrew its election application to the National Labor Relations Board "because Apple’s repeated violations of the National Labor Relations Act have made a free and fair election impossible." The group also told Bloomberg that numerous cases of Covid-19 in the city’s Cumberland Mall Apple store have caused issues with the safety of in-person voting.

“Apple has conducted a systematic, sophisticated campaign to intimidate them and interfere with their right to form a union,” the CWA alleged in an email to Bloomberg. The group said they had support from the “overwhelming majority” of the Atlanta store’s workers when originally petitioning.

Because the group withdrew its request to the NLRB to hold an election, it has to wait six months before filing again to represent the same group of workers.

Apple told Bloomberg that the company is "fortunate to have incredible retail team members and we deeply value everything they bring to Apple.”

The news follows Apple increasing its starting hourly wage from $20 to $22 an hour for retail workers while reportedly telling workers that if they unionize, the company may have more difficulty improving worker conditions.

In a leaked video sent to Apple's 58,000 retail employees earlier this week, Apple's Vice President of Retail Deirdre O'Brien said that "because the union would bring its own legally mandated rules that would determine how we work through issues, it could make it harder for us to act swiftly to address things that you raise.”

Atlanta workers first filed a petition to unionize in late April, with around 70% of the store's workers signing cards in support of the election. The group aimed to raise wages to $28 per hour, along with other benefits. They had been slated to hold their election from June 2 through June 4.

Apple retail workers in Louisville, New York City and Towson, Maryland still have plans to unionize as of Friday, though Apple retail workers have not won a union election at any of the company's 272 U.S. retail stores.

Latest Bulletins

Crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital has reportedly received a court order to liquidate after creditors sued the company over unpaid debts.

Keep Reading Show less

Just months after committing to spend $925 million on carbon dioxide removal, a collection of major tech companies has announced its first purchases. The group, operating under the banner of Frontier, announced it had purchased nearly 2,000 tons of CDR services from five companies. It's a small ripple in the CDR pond, but one Frontier hopes will turn into a wave to bring down the costs of removing carbon.

Keep Reading Show less

The Federal Trade Commission has sued Walmart, alleging the retail giant "turned a blind eye" to fraud worth hundreds of millions on its money transfer services.

Keep Reading Show less

Eric Schmidt described his first five years at Google as "pure, naive techno-optimism," in that the company believed that applying American values like free speech is good for the world. But Google hit a brick wall when it bought YouTube.

Keep Reading Show less

The Biden administration's hot electric vehicle summer continues to zip along. On Tuesday, the White House announced $700 million in commitments for EV charging from private companies. The cash will up U.S. charging manufacturing capacity to 250,000 chargers a year and increase the number of chargers out in the wild. Not too bad!

Keep Reading Show less

Meta said it's working to correct enforcement errors that led to the removal of Facebook posts related to abortion pills and suspensions of user accounts behind the posts. The clarification came after Motherboard discovered that Facebook was instantly removing posts that said "abortion pills can be mailed," which the FDA legalized in 2021.

"Content that attempts to buy, sell, trade, gift, request or donate pharmaceuticals is not allowed. Content that discusses the affordability and accessibility of prescription medication is allowed," Meta spokesperson Andy Stone tweeted in response to the story. "We've discovered some instances of incorrect enforcement and are correcting these."

Keep Reading Show less

Option Impact, a benchmark compensation product from Advanced-HR, has a new owner.

Keep Reading Show less

FTX is reportedly exploring the possibility of buying Robinhood. The crypto exchange led by CEO Sam Bankman-Fried is looking into whether it could acquire the online brokerage, according to a Bloomberg report that cited unnamed sources.

Keep Reading Show less

Backstage Capital, which invests in underrepresented founders, has cut all of its operational staff after it ran into fundraising challenges, according to founder Arlan Hamilton.

Keep Reading Show less

Crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital has defaulted on a loan of cryptocurrencies worth $666 million from Voyager Digital, the broker said Monday.

Keep Reading Show less

Goldman Sachs has joined efforts to assist the ailing crypto lending company Celsius, in what would be the biggest effort yet by a traditional financial institution to jump in amid a broad crypto crash. Several large crypto hedge funds, lending companies and brokerages have sought funding or credit amid a liquidity crunch in recent days.

Keep Reading Show less

Los Angeles could become the first major city in the country to ban the construction of new gas stations because of the climate crisis.

Keep Reading Show less

Six of Sony's internal game development studios have issued public messages of support for abortion rights and condemnations of the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade on Friday. It's a notable shift for PlayStation, after Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan told staff in May to "respect differences of opinion" on reproductive rights following POLITICO's disclosure of details from a leaked draft opinion in early May.

Keep Reading Show less

Yelp is closing its New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., offices as the company embraces remote work.

Keep Reading Show less

Netflix is laying off hundreds of workers in its second round of layoffs in roughly a month, according to a report from CNBC on Thursday.

Keep Reading Show less

Instagram is testing using facial analysis tools to verify age on the platform, Meta announced in a blog post Thursday.

Keep Reading Show less

EBay was once known as a marketplace for trendy collectibles like Beanie Babies. Now it’s going deep into the new world of NFT digital collectibles.

Keep Reading Show less

TikTok made several new commitments to its advertising and consumer practices, promising to better protect children from hidden ads and inappropriate content. The platform's new pledges come after a complaint filed in February 2021 from the European Consumer Organisation that alleged TikTok broke EU consumer rules.

Keep Reading Show less

Meta has agreed to settle a long-standing lawsuit filed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development alleging discrimination in Facebook's housing ad system. As part of the settlement, Meta vowed to change the way ads for housing, as well as employment and credit opportunities, are delivered on its platforms, and to pay a $115,054 fine.

"Discrimination in housing, employment and credit is a deep-rooted problem with a long history in the US, and we are committed to broadening opportunities for marginalized communities in these spaces and others," Roy Austin Jr., Meta's vice president of civil rights, wrote in a blog post.

Keep Reading Show less

Crypto lender BlockFi has secured a $250 million revolving credit line from FTX, a deal that comes as a broader market meltdown has forced other lenders to freeze withdrawals.

Keep Reading Show less

The solar panel market is a mess. An ill-timed Commerce Department probe has wrought uncertainty beyond the already-fraught supply chain, but at least some U.S. developers are trying to right the ship a bit.

Keep Reading Show less

Microsoft will remove controversial automated tools that predict a person’s age, gender and emotional state from its Azure Face API artificial intelligence service that analyzes faces in images, according to a report published by The New York Times on Tuesday.

Keep Reading Show less

Copilot, GitHub's AI code suggestion tool, is now available for everyone, the company announced on Tuesday. Anyone can use the pair programmer for $10 a month or $100 a year. It will be free for students and organizers of popular open source projects.

Keep Reading Show less

DocuSign CEO Dan Springer is stepping down, the company's board of directors announced Tuesday, and Chairman of the Board Maggie Wilderotter will fill in as interim CEO during the executive search process. Springer's resignation comes on the heels of slowing growth for the e-signature giant.

Keep Reading Show less

TikTok is now routing all of its U.S. user traffic to Oracle's cloud infrastructure services, in a bid to allay U.S. regulators’ concerns about data integrity on the popular short video app given its Chinese ownership.

Keep Reading Show less
Bulletins