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Apple illegally denied benefits to union workers, says US labor board

Apple Towson Town Center, Maryland

The National Labor Relations Board claims that Apple has violated labor laws by refusing to give union workers the same benefits as other staff.

This new accusation follows a June 2023 ruling by the board concluded that Apple's anti-union practices at its World Trade Center store were illegal. The new complaint specifically concerns the Towson store in Maryland, where union staff say Apple has been "fighting us at every step."

According to Bloomberg, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint on November 21, 2023. The filing claims that Apple announced a series of new benefits for staff at Towson in October 2022, but then refused to provide the package for unionized workers.

Following that alleged exclusion, the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM), filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. IAMAW accuses Apple of using the new benefits to discourage staff from joining a union.

Apple has not commented.

The Towson, Maryland store was the first to have its union status officially recognized by Apple. In January 2023, the IAM began negotiating with the company over pay and conditions.