Apple store managers are being trained to watch for "how unions affect the workplace" this morning in a mandatory class, according to CNET.com, who secured an internal Apple memo.
The training comes only six weeks after an employee-led effort to unionize retail workers. That effort was stoked by complaints of break schedules, lower pay for part-time employees and "the selection and hiring process for internal candidates for open positions."
A union doesn't necessarily guarantee any perceived or real work conditions would be addressed or changed. It would give the workers a seat at the table. Apple could continue it's standard operating procedures.
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In addition, Apple can campaign against a union, telling employees the company prefers to operate without one.
There are more than 350 Apple retail stores around the world. Apple's retail stores opened more than 10 years ago, generating $14.12 billion in the last quarter alone.