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Apple training retail managers on union awareness


CNET has obtained an internal document which details training Apple has given its retail managers on how to respond if employees unionize. Said training has likely already taken place by the time of this publication, and it's mandatory for all new Apple Store managers.

According to the training description, "This course is intended to provide managers with a practical understanding of how unions affect the workplace, how and why employees organize, and the legal do's and don'ts of dealing with unions. This is a mandatory class for all new managers, and is required biannually for all managers."

This training comes about six months after Apple Retail workers in the Pacific Northwest made an attempt at unionizing. "We work in one of the most demanding retail environments while suffering through unfair treatment and compensation among many other various issues," the group claims, and CNET has cited many other practices the group considers unfair.

Unionizing would allow retail employees the opportunity to negotiate these grievances, but CNET notes that an expert on unions told them that Apple's gargantuan retail success makes it unlikely that any such negotiations would go very far.

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