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Apple tells workers they have right to discuss wages, working conditions

Stock MarketsNov 20, 2021 02:00PM ET
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By Julia Love

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) delivered a message to employees on Friday that was striking given its reputation for secrecy: a reminder that workers may discuss wages, hours and working conditions.

The notice came as some employees have been pushing Apple to do more to ensure there are no unfair gaps in pay across the company.

In a post on an internal site, Apple said its policies do not preclude employees from "speaking freely" about working conditions, according to a copy of the message viewed by Reuters.

"We encourage any employee with concerns to raise them in the way they feel most comfortable, internally or externally," the post states.

A spokesperson for Apple declined to comment.

Apple's business conduct policy already included language stating that workers were not restricted in their ability to discuss wages, hours and working conditions, which is generally protected under U.S. law.

But employees who have spoken out in recent months have faced resistance, said former Apple program manager Janneke Parrish.

Parrish, who was fired after playing a leading role in employee activism, said she is hopeful that Apple's message will ease the path for others.

"The first step is making sure people are aware of their rights," she said.

Apple has previously said it does not discuss specific employee matters and is "deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace."

The move comes amid a broader push by Silicon Valley workers to speak out about their working conditions and the impact of technology on society.

Earlier this week, another prominent activist, Apple software engineer Cher Scarlett, wrote on Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) that she is leaving the company.

Scarlett filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that Apple halted discussions of pay among employees. Her lawyer, Aleksandr Felstiner, said the matter had been settled and the charge would be withdrawn. Scarlett said she could not comment.

Scarlett and Parrish worked together on "#AppleToo," a group through which current and former employees have been sharing stories of what they call harassment and discrimination.

Apple is known for its secretive culture, intended to keep details of new products under wraps. Employees sometimes are unaware of their right to speak about topics such as pay and working conditions, Parrish said.

Ashley Gjovik, a senior engineering program manager who was fired by Apple in September after raising concerns about harassment and workplace safety, has filed NLRB charges in which she alleges that Apple policies violate the National Labor Relations Act.

Apple tells workers they have right to discuss wages, working conditions
 

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Mox Mox
Mox Mox Nov 20, 2021 3:39PM ET
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what a benevolent company! they allow working conditions conversations...wow....awesome
Empire Destroyer
Empire Destroyer Nov 20, 2021 3:39PM ET
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Their workers gonna buy their stocks and take it to $180
Tony Huynh
Tony Huynh Nov 20, 2021 1:01PM ET
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Man this site's comments are a bunch of sad, and depressed people who takes every news article as negative lol.
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Empire Destroyer Nov 20, 2021 1:01PM ET
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Not negative if the reality is what it is... burying head in sand is fun too though, I bury my head in sand and believe no racism, no sexism and of course no white privilege... Works a treat until I drink alcohol 🤣
James Pattison
James Pattison Nov 20, 2021 12:36PM ET
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You also have the right to go work for another company or start your own company…
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Nov 20, 2021 12:05PM ET
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2 guys, same position, are paid differently in my company. One is the boss favor because the guy knows how to ki ss rear. The other guy keeps his head down and work hard, not much a talker, kept getting sticks. That is how life is. If u b/s good, u make good living.
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Empire Destroyer Nov 20, 2021 12:05PM ET
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Amen and if your boss is white and kiss rear guy also white... higher salary and promotion pretty much guaranteed
Mox Mox
Mox Mox Nov 20, 2021 12:05PM ET
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Empire Destroyer not in Africa :)
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Mox Mox that's why most whites coming to UK 🤣🤣🤣
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Discuss what? Oh you are such a lazy worker, why you being paid as much or more than me? See it every day in most work places, many talkers, no doers. Many highly paid people passing the buck, procrastinating and good people burnt out carrying bad people. Bad people, paid well too, crying wolf on mental health, they go on sick leave, other people take the extra work and just get on with their jobs and down the line get no recognition at all...
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Todd Gray Nov 20, 2021 10:46AM ET
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experience tells me that American corporate executives right on down to store level management generally oppress that kind of talk, because it cuts into their bonuses, and share value. not by very much, but power is almost always special, and to entitled to share a few extra annual dollars.
Kaveh Sun
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No Todd, experience tell me if u can b/s well like politicians, u make tons of money compare to others. It is how the upper see ‘value’ in you.
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New Jazenevd Nov 20, 2021 10:37AM ET
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Discussing wages with co-workers is a quick way to destroy workplace.
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Another right we all have is to find another job if we don’t like our current one, and we have many more options than people in other countries.
 
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