Unionized Maryland Apple Store Workers Request 10% Raise and Option to Accept Customer Tips

Employees at the unionized Towson, Maryland Apple Store are this week negotiating with Apple for new benefits, and have asked for higher pay, tips, and changes to leave policies, reports Bloomberg.

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Employee representatives have requested raises of up to 10 percent and they want Apple to implement a tipping system that would provide customers with the option to offer 3%, 5%, or custom tips when checking out with an in-store credit card transaction. "This will allow thankful patrons the ability to express gratitude for a job well done without any obligations," the union said. Tip money would be split among employees based on hours worked.

The union is requesting double pay for employees who work more than eight hours per day or 40 hours a week, along with more pay for employees working overtime on weekends. Employees also want higher pay over a larger number of holidays, a $1 an hour increase for workers who become first-aid certified, up to 34 weeks of severance pay for layoffs, extended paid bereavement leave up to 45 days per year, with pets and close friends to be included under the allowed time off, and expanded vacation pay.

The union said that "these are initial proposals" and that it realizes that this "is a negotiation." Apple's Towson, Maryland store unionized last summer, and it is one of two unionized retail locations.

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GizmoDVD Avatar
16 months ago

Tip for what? Do you tip at Best Buy? Target?

Like everything else, don't fall for social pressure and tip $0.
Score: 254 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sziehr Avatar
16 months ago
Yeah all for worker rights, but tips, thats a HARD NO, sorry folks you had me till you wanted tips. Raises sure, leave you bet, tips.... come one even going there just makes your ask look bad....
Score: 158 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
16 months ago
Imagine you buy a brand new Apple Product at an Apple Store and an Apple Specialist hits you with this...

There will never be a day I'm ever going to be tipping at an Apple Store.
Score: 132 Votes (Like | Disagree)
5232152 Avatar
16 months ago
Just came back from a trip to NYC. The fast food payment terminal asked If I wanted to tip 18%, 25%, or 30%.
This financial culture is sick if you think it is OK to "pay extra" almost a third of the asked price.
Tip-based work should be illegal for everyone's sake.
Score: 125 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DipDog3 Avatar
16 months ago
Tips should be illegal
Score: 119 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
16 months ago
Doing the most!

Why would you want to tip an Apple store employee for buying an iPhone? This is an Apple Retail Store, not a restaurant, SMH. ??
Score: 105 Votes (Like | Disagree)