NLRB Issues Complaint Against Apple

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2023 – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a Complaint on the Unfair Labor Practice charge against Apple Inc. The charge, filed by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers’ (IAM) Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (IAM CORE), alleges that the Towson, MD Apple employees were unlawfully denied new benefits offered to other Apple employees nationwide at the beginning of 2023.

Click here to view the NLRB Complaint. 

At the heart of the matter was Apple’s deviation from prior practices of including Towson employees in corporate-wide enhancements after consultation with the union. IAM CORE initially expressed its disappointment in a letter addressed to Apple CEO Tim Cook, urging the company to reconsider its decision and adhere to established protocols.

The NLRB’s decision to issue a Complaint reflects the NLRB’s determination that sufficient evidence supports the charge to merit further prosecution. 

“The issuance of this Complaint will advance the principles of fairness and equality in the workplace,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President David Sullivan. “We are pleased that the NLRB has recognized the importance of upholding the rights of IAM CORE members and ensuring that all Employers, regardless of size, respect our Federal laws. The IAM remains committed to advocating for the rights and well-being of all workers, and we will continue to work collaboratively with employers to achieve fair and just working conditions.” 

The Board’s recognition of the merit of this charge is a victory for IAM CORE  and underscores the strength of collective bargaining and the importance of workers standing united to protect their rights in the face of unfair labor practices.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is one of the largest and most diverse industrial trade unions in North America, representing approximately 600,000 active and retired members in the aerospace, defense, airlines, railroad, transit, healthcare, automotive, and other industries. 

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