Apple store employees demand at least $30 an hour and a host of other improvements

Apple retail employees at the Grand Central store in New York City have begun the process of unionizing. Along with better working conditions, more vacation time, and better retirement options, the group is seeking a minimum wage of $30 an hour.

The group launched Fruit Stand Workers United, which talks about efforts to unionize Apple Store Grand Central employees. A new video has been added to the Fruit Stand Workers United Web site describing the unionization process, as well as a new section on the specific improvements the group wants through the union.

As for wages, we want a minimum of $30 for all employees, based on position, tenure, and performance. In terms of benefits, we want more robust changes, such as increased tuition reimbursement, faster accrual and increased leave, and better retirement options, including higher matching ratios.

Fruit Stand Workers United

In their mission statement, Fruit Stand Workers United explains the problem they see: “Year after year, our wages have not kept up with the rising cost of living. Meanwhile, Apple has become the most expensive company in the world.”

Through unionization efforts, the group seeks “the legal right to representation on all issues of employment, leave, working conditions, and compensation.”

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