Employees of the Apple store located in the legendary Grand Central station in New York have begun the process of forming a union, which would be a first for a store of the company in the United States, according to a website launched by these employees.
Under the banner “Fruit Stand Workers United” (FSWU), this group has started collecting signatures: it must convince at least 30% of the store’s employees to officially request the organization of a vote approving or rejecting the creation of a union in the establishment.
“Like so many campaigns of late, this one was initiated, and is driven, by the workers themselves,” and not by a traditional union, the organization stressed in a message. “We recognize the immense bravery and courage these workers are showing in defending their rights, and we will support them every step of the way”is added.
Increase and paid holidays
On the FWSU website, the initiators of the movement point out that “Grand Central is an extraordinary store with unique working conditions that make a union necessary to ensure our team has the best possible standard of living in what has proven to be an extraordinary time between the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and unprecedented price inflation for our generation”. In particular, they want to be paid at least 30 dollars an hour and more paid holidays.
According to Washington Postwhich cites employees wishing to remain anonymous for fear of losing their jobs, employees of at least three other Apple stores in the country are in the process of organizing.