Apple Store Workers at Grand Central Terminal Take Steps to Unionize

Workers at Apple’s flagship Grand Central Terminal retail store in New York City announced on April 18 that they plan to form a union.

The organizers, who have dubbed themselves “Fruit Stand Workers United” (FSWU), said on their newly launched website that they have begun to formally collect signatures to form a union.

FSWU said that they voted on Feb. 21 to affiliate with Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, which has supported successful unionization efforts of Starbucks employees across the country.

FSWU demanded higher wages and direct bargaining power with Apple over benefits, workplace safety, and other employment matters.

The group said it was seeking a minimum payment of $30 for all workers and “robust changes” that include “increased tuition reimbursement, faster accrued and more vacation time, and better retirement options.”

“Grand Central is an extraordinary store with unique working conditions that make a union necessary to ensure our team has the best possible standards of living in what have proven to be extraordinary times with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and once-in-a-generation consumer price inflation,” FSWU said.

A spokesperson for Apple, which is valued at $2.7 trillion, said that the minimum hourly rate at Apple retail stores was $20, The Washington Post reported.

“We are fortunate to have incredible retail team members and we deeply value everything they bring to Apple. We are pleased to offer very strong compensation and benefits for full-time and part-time employees, including health care, tuition reimbursement, new parental leave, paid family leave, annual stock grants, and many other benefits,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

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