According to the NLRB, higher-ups at Apple prevented workers from organizing by coercing workers and interfering with organization efforts.
In a statement, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) believed Apple has violated the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRB said that it has "found merit to charge alleging statements and conduct by Apple — including high-level executives — also violated the National Labor Relations Act."
NLRB prosecutors say Apple's "various work rules" interfered with employees' rights to collective action.
As Bloomberg points out, unless Apple settles, the NLRB regional director will issue a complaint against the Cupertino-based tech giant.
In December, the NLRB announced that it had evidence that Apple used anti-union tactics to stop unionization efforts, including interrogating and coercing employees.
Apple has long been suspected of engaging in anti-union tactics, especially at its Atlanta, Georgia, location. In May, Apple Cumberland Mall retail workers accused the company of countering an ongoing union drive.
In October, Apple received a complaint from the NLRB over accusations of union-busting at a New York City store.
In November, Apple's retail store in the St. Louis Galleria Mall dropped its bid to unionize, blaming the company's hostility towards such efforts.