Apple hires big-name firm to fight unions

According to a source, Apple has hired Littler Mendelson, an anti-union law firm with an impressive list of well-known clients. For example, Starbucks, McDonald’s and Nissan.

Apple’s decision to go to the experts came shortly after 100 workers at Apple’s retail store at Cumberland Mall last week asked the National Labor Relations Board for a union election. Apple has not publicly responded to the situation, however.

Apple workers at the retail store in Atlanta are hoping to join the Communications Workers of America. CWA has played a significant role in organizing workers in the technology industry in recent months, including participating in union organizing at Raven Software and Verizon Wireless.

The Apple store at the Cumberland Mall was the first Apple Store in the United States to apply to form a union. However, it is unlikely to be the last. Earlier this month, for example, workers at Apple Grand Central began collecting signatures to form a union.

Recall that Apple Store employees in the U.S. complain about insufficient wages, noting that they are an important link in Apple’s success and could be paid more. One Apple store employee in New York said that the company is already holding closed-door meetings with employees in an attempt to turn them against the unions.

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