Fruit Stand Workers United, the union trying to organize Apple’s Grand Central Terminal store, says if its campaign is successful, it plans to push for a $30-an-hour minimum wage for employees at the location (via CNBC). The Union updated their website on Monday with his goals, including the pay raise, health and safety research, and better education and retirement benefits.
A minimum wage of $30 means that a full-time employee would start out earning approximately $62,000 a year. The union also wants pay to be calculated using a “role, tenure and performance-based matrix”.
Fruit Stand Workers United says it also wants to negotiate increases in vacation time accrual, 401(k) matching rates and tuition reimbursement, as well as more options for retirement, such as pension plans. The union also asks Apple to “conduct research on safety protocols with customer interactions, and on road dust, health effects of building materials, and noise pollution in Grand Central.”
In major cities like New York, there is great concern about vehicle-related pollutants such as brake dust and exhaust gases. And although noise pollution is a problem for almost all New York residentsappears to be a particular concern for employees of a store located in one of the city’s districts. busiest rail terminals.
While the site doesn’t explicitly mention COVID-19 in the health and safety section, Apple has made many changes to its store operations throughout the pandemic, both opening Y closure its retail establishments and installing, removingY reincorporating mask commands for clients. In Texas, Apple allegedly temporarily closed a store when three workers tested positive shortly after Black Friday.
In the past week, Fruit Stand Workers United announced that he started having employees sign cards to say they were interested in joining a union. If more than 30 percent of the workers at the site sign, Fruit Stand Workers United can officially petition the National Labor Relations Board to hold an election.
The ambitious demands come amid increased organizing efforts at both tech companies and retailers. Amazon warehouse workers in New York voted to unionize earlier this monthand employees at various Starbucks locations have also voted for the representation of the workers. (According to their site, Fruit Stand Workers United is affiliated with the union behind the efforts at Starbucks.)
In the last weeks, Google Fiber contractors Y employees at two Verizon retail stores they have also voted to unionize. Verizon announced yesterday that he was raising his minimum wage to $20 for retail and customer service workers with the caveat that, for retail workers, the $20 figure is the sum of his salary and the “target commission.”