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An Apple Employee Wants To Start A Union!

From a probably conflicted Reuters:

Apple store employee seeks to plant union seed

By Poornima [sic] Gupta Sun Jun 12, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – An Apple Inc (AAPL.O) store employee has started a union in a rare move at a company known for its near-fanatical following and cutting-edge mystique.

Cory Moll, a part-time employee at an Apple store in San Francisco, is working to form a union to fight for better wages and benefits and to address what he says are unfair practices in the company’s glass-and-steel retail showrooms.

"The core issues definitely involve compensation, pay, benefits," Moll said, adding that he decided to go public with the union to encourage other employees to come forward.

What, no mention of Apple’s healthcare plans or retirement programs? Do they even have any such things — or have they gotten waivers?

While unions are strong in industries like trucking and autos, they are largely unheard of in Silicon Valley companies, which pride themselves on being quick-footed and having the flexibility to hire and fire.

That’s funny. We’ve never heard being non-union spun so nicely before. Apple sure is good at PR.

Moll’s budding campaign is also unusual given Apple’s reputation for fierce employee loyalty. Apple has more than 30,000 retail employees in its 325 stores around the world.

And how many of them get employer healthcare or any retirement benefits?

Moll, who has been working at Apple for four years, said he makes $14 an hour at the San Francisco Apple store. The minimum wage for 2011 in San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the United States, is $9.92 an hour.

The 30-year-old employee primarily communicates with other Apple store employees through Twitter, Facebook and the "Apple Retail Workers Union" website, which he created in May, without disclosing his name.

Moll has received little public support from employees so far, though he said he has emails expressing support. An Apple representative confirmed Moll is an employee, but declined to comment on the union effort.

"It’s kind of a feeling of David versus Goliath," Moll said of trying to start a union movement in a $320 billion company run by its iconic co-founder, Steve Jobs

Just wait until the AFL-CIO or the SEIU sign on. Then we will see who is the David and who is the Goliath.

Moll said the movement is only in its infancy. "There’s definitely no call to action yet," he said. "Right now what I hope to gain is to get people to start talking about it and get comfortable with it."

Don’t worry, Mr. Moll. Once big labor gets involved, Apple will find itself happily unionized before you can say, ‘card check.’ — Then watch the company take off.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 13th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “An Apple Employee Wants To Start A Union!”

  1. grits says:

    So he’s a gangster’s Moll, in San Fran no less. How apropos.

  2. untrainable says:

    …a part-time employee at an Apple store…
    I’ll bet he lives in his mom’s basement too.
    Can part-time employees even be in a union?
    Apple has kept him down. The opression of the working man-boy by the evil corporation. They’re only paying him $5 more than minimum wage to stand around 3 days a week in an Apple store and sell Iphones, Ipads, Ipods… THE NERVE!!! (sarc off)
    Doesn’t all that stuff pretty much sell itself? So he runs a cash register… shocking.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Poor Steve (Jobs)……fighting cancer and now this.
    Fire this PT POS!

  4. GetBackJack says:

    Crush another national treasure of innovation, value and profit. (he said, typing on a Mac)

    It’s the New American Way!

  5. tranquil.night says:

    Heh, no sympathy for Apple. Plenty of respect for all Jobs has been able to accomplish, which certainly few have or are ever able. They put together exceptional products, and they are very, very aware of it.

    However, their business model doesn’t revolve around beating their competition on price, service, or even form and function. Their model revolves around putting out products and services that only work with their products and services, with each new upgrade featuring the minimalist amount of technological progress for the maximum profit margin, and a lot of their services are just slightly more polished features that you can usually find for free from 3rd Party sources. Their model revolves around compelling you to name-brand loyalty – not because you think all of
    Ltheir products are the best but because you can’t go to a competitor without great penalty, once you’re under contract.

    Google is much more evil than Apple, but sadly the open platform of the Android Network will overtake the closed one of Apple eventually.

    • BillK says:

      Your comment, sir, is BS and proves only that you have no idea of what Apple’s products are capable of and instead have drunk the Android “open” Kool-Aid.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Heh, touched a nerve, eh? Typical of someone with strong emotional loyalty to a name brand to attack the qualifications over the substance of another’s critical opinion. It’s awesome really.

      Good. I loved writing it. I’ll go further. This company is so good at business and marketing they have the biggest Conservative voices in the game either half-blind or uncaring to the blunt fact that they are as equally fascist a corporation as Google. They flaunt their Ipoo line out there like it’s the Forbidden Fruit. Just take a bite of the Apple, just do it. Ooh, you got an Ipod? Don’t forget your iToons! Hey, you got an iPhone! Whew, good thing you don’t have to exclusively be with At&T anymore.

      Dwarfing the competition by compelling
      l individuals into niche markets over which they and their allies have monopoly control. I could care less of what their products are capable. Their whole approach to their customer offends me more deeply than Eric Schmidt of Google in bed with Obama under a pile of my money.

  6. Right of the People says:

    If they are successful in unionizing Apple, the cost of their products, which are already high, will make them uncompetitive and basically give the market to, shudder, Microsoft.

    I love MACs and I use one at work but they aren’t for everyone mostly because of the cost. I’m willing to bet if this loser manages to get his union, his wages will not go up sufficeintly to cover his union dues so in the end he’ll be worse off.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Yes, it’s UAW for the computer world. From when I bought my first PC, a 386 that cost about $1200 in 1990 to a 486 later and so on and so on…and my current PC which has ten times more power than the 386 or more and cost about half of what the 386 did. Organized labor just won’t tolerate that. Just like paying some clown $50/hour to put lugnuts on Chevys, some counter-help person who lives with mom will get full medical, dental, vacation, sick leave, maternity leave (male or female) etc, etc. And your Microsoft “competitor” will cost eight grand. Only the most stuck-in-the-mud brand loyalists ( I would liken them to the Jaguar “aficionados” of the 80’s) will be willing to buy such a thing and then try to bolster their position by bragging about it at dinner parties.

      Ain’t socialism great? Allowing the self-impressed to brag about themselves for centuries.

  7. It is likely a job security move by MR. Moll.

    Consider how fast he becomes rich if laid off NOW, after planting the seeds of union organization. they couldn’t even close the stare without getting a nastygram from the NLRB.

    A pretty smart move in this age of downsizing.

  8. JohnMG says:

    I think this fits nicely here. Try not to take sides.

    At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared
    the computer industry with the auto industry and stated,
    ‘If Ford had kept up with technology like the computer industry has,
    we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.’
    In response to Bill ‘s comments, Ford issued a press release stating:
    If Ford had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be
    driving cars with the following characteristics:
    1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash……….Twice a day.
    2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to
    buy a new car.
    3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You
    would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows,
    shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could
    continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.
    4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause
    your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would
    have to reinstall the engine.
    5. Apple would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable,
    five times as fast and twice as easy to drive – but would run on only
    five percent of the roads.
    6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would
    all be replaced by a single ‘This Car Has Performed An Illegal
    Operation’ warning light.
    7. The airbag system would ask ‘Are you sure?’ before deploying.
    8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out
    and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door
    handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
    9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn
    how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate
    in the same manner as the old car.
    10. You’d have to press the ‘Start’ button to turn the engine off.

    PS – I ‘d like to add that when all else fails, you could call
    ‘customer service’ in some foreign country and be instructed in some
    foreign language how to fix your car yourself!!!!

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