Organizers of Apple workers’ walkout issue demands, extent of strike unclear
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Apple corporate and retail workers are holding a Christmas Eve walkout to demand better working conditions and have released a list of demands – but it’s unclear how many employees are participating.
The labor walkout, called Thursday and executed Friday, urges consumers not to buy in stores or online. He asks Apple to meet a number of requirements, including a risk premium, benefits for part-time workers and protections against “abusive customers.”
Amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the walkout also calls for N95 masks for all, disinfection stations and customer purchases by appointment only.
However, there is little indication of the actual size of the clutch. Appleinsider contacted 10 Apple Stores on the east coast, most of them saying only “one or two” employees were off work because of the call. A few said all of their employees were at work on Friday.
The walkout was organized by Apple Together, a group of company employees who previously operated under the nickname #AppleToo to voice grievances about sexual harassment and working conditions at Apple.
Apple saw an increase in employee activism in 2021. The #AppleToo movement formed earlier this year to shed light on allegations of sexual harassment, assault and racism among the ranks of the company. Apple employees have also pressured the company to offer more flexible work options, a request largely ignored by the company.
The United States National Labor Relations Board is currently investigating at least two complaints against Apple. Additionally, the US Department of Labor is also investigating the termination of an employee who spoke out against workplace issues.