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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 07:49 PM
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Apple store employee seeks to plant union seed
Source: Reuters

Reuters 7 hours ago

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Apple Inc store employee has started a union in a rare move at a company known for its near-fanatical following and cutting-edge mystique.

Cory Moll, a part-time employee at an Apple store in San Francisco, is working to form a union to fight for better wages and benefits and to address what he says are unfair practices in the company's glass-and-steel retail showrooms.

"The core issues definitely involve compensation, pay, benefits," Moll said, adding that he decided to go public with the union to encourage other employees to come forward.

While unions are strong in industries like trucking and autos, they are largely unheard of in Silicon Valley companies, which pride themselves on being quick-footed and having the flexibility to hire and fire.


Read more: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/apple-store-employee-seeks-pla...
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 07:52 PM
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1. Unions are strong where?
if they were strong they would be everywhere.
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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 12:59 AM
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19. They're strong in other countries...
And some of them here in Australia are very strong. Just curious, but are you opposed to unions?
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 08:01 PM
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2. K&R for Solidarity. Good luck, Mr. Moll.
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Cal Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 08:43 PM
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5. Seconded n/t
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 10:59 PM
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12. Solidarnosc!


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Journeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 08:05 PM
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3. Oh my, I never knew - our rights & security vs a company's pride at being "quick-footed". . .
How foolishly selfish of the working class, to deny a company the opportunity to go all Bojangles on us . . .
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 08:32 PM
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4. Mr. Jobs is not gonna like that...
and you would like to see Mr. Jobs angry....
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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 09:38 PM
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6. Might be too late in that industry. Should have started seeding 25 years ago. Well,
I wish Cory good luck!
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avebury Donating Member (455 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 10:10 PM
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7. K&R
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ChromeFoundry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 10:17 PM
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8. iUnion n/t
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Endangered Specie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 02:37 AM
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22. iExploit
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Starry Messenger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 10:28 PM
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9. k&r
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 10:31 PM
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10. Hope to see follow-ups on this. Solidarity! nt
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wundermaus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 10:33 PM
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11. Yes, Mr. Mouse...
Been in the Electronics Technology Industry for over 30 years... yeah, that'll fly.
http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/221275/the-boss-i...


NOT.
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ChromeFoundry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 11:08 PM
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13. Damn.....This lost 6 recs in about 60 seconds....
Are there that many anti-union members on DU?
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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 12:38 AM
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17. It may not be anti-union, it might be that they don't believe Apple needs a union. I know people
work for Apple who are quite happy with the work environment

I am only speaking to Apple in the U.S., not the issues with Apple in China


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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 01:01 AM
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20. I don't understand that way of thinking...
I'm quite happy with my work environment and know I have great working conditions, but I'm in the union because if it wasn't for the union, then those conditions would be slowly eroded away...
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Populist_Prole Donating Member (774 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 01:12 AM
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21. Word.
Too much pressure on employers to do bad things. We've got to keep them honest.
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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 11:29 AM
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27. I was just suggesting that not everyone may feel that way /nt
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SHRED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 12:09 AM
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14. Considering this...good luck:

Meet The Workers Who Make Your iPad: 100 Hours Of Overtime, No-Suicide Pacts, Standing For 14 Hours A Day




http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/05/10/164566/work... /



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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 12:20 AM
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15. K&R for the working class, because it is not only good for us, but most of the
giving people I know are workers who make under $20/hr (there are of course, exception aplenty), whereas many wealthy I've run into (I live in an area where I see wealthy people whenever I go out) are cold hearted in their words and actions (again, there are exceptions, but the coldness nearly always comes from the wealthiest, and I've only had the police called on me for helping the homeless by a lady in an expensive "status" vehicle).

FORM THE UNIONS TO GAIN BACK OUR STRENGTH!!! I wish this person great success in this effort with Apple!
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 12:33 AM
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16. I am an Apple user...
who fully supports this. Employees should have some say in what happens in their work world.
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 03:38 AM
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24. Same here.
I am a long time Apple user and fan. I enjoy going to their stores when I am in need of something and I fully support their efforts to have a say in their pay, benefits & working conditions.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 09:15 AM
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26. +1. nt
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Proletariatprincess Donating Member (527 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 12:53 AM
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18. Everybody needs a union...EVERYBODY!
Even the bosses have unions...they call then Chambers and Associations, but they serve the same interests. Labor unions serve the public interest as well as the working people represented by them. Unionised industries are better managed and have less turnover. They are more productive. The higher the union membership, the more fair and prosperous the society.
The way things are now....with the war on unions and the corpocracy, how can anyone deny the value of unions. Smart and fair minded people cannot.
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 03:33 AM
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23. Agreed
and well said. Unions improve everyone's lot in life. We need more unions and stronger unions, locally, nationally & globally.
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primavera Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 11:46 AM
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28. Hear, hear! - n/t
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-13-11 09:03 AM
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25. Good for her, but Apple hires maybe 1 in 1000 applicants for the retail stores.
Edited on Mon Jun-13-11 09:06 AM by onehandle
And they get paid better than most retail store employees.

Seems unlikely, but anyone who can unionize, should try.

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