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Apple Store Union says company is dragging out contract



This week, Towson, Maryland-based Apple Store workers met with company representatives at a downtown Baltimore hotel to discuss what they hope will be a groundbreaking union contract at the tech giant.

But after four two-day talks since January, those workers say they’re not convinced Apple will ever want to do a deal with its first U.S. union store.

“They fight us every step of the way,” Kevin Gallagher, who teaches customer classes at the Apple Store, told HuffPost during a break in hotel talks. “Looks like they’re trying to drag this out as long as possible.”

Gallagher and his union colleagues appeared victorious in their election last June, voting 65 to 33 to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, or IAM, one of the most recent resounding union victories at previously non-union companies, including Amazon, Starbucks, Trader Joe and REI.

But, like employees of other companies, Apple Store employees have even harder lifting they still have a long way to go: securing their first contract with a powerful employer who wants to keep unions out.

“They don’t seem to want to accept that they now have a union,” Jay Wadley, an IAM spokesman who is negotiating the union, said of Apple.

The stakes are high for both sides, as a solid collective bargaining agreement could convince Apple workers elsewhere to try to unionize. The company is facing campaigning not only from IAM, but also from Communications Workers of America, who formed the company. second retail union last October at a store in Oklahoma.

“They fight us at every step of the process. It feels like they’re trying to drag this out for as long as they can.”

— Kevin Gallagher, Apple Store employee and member of the union negotiating committee.

Billy Jarbaugh, who, like Gallagher, is a member of the Towson store’s negotiating committee, said he was outraged last week when he learned that managers shared a small handful of union proposals with non-union stores during morning meetings. Jarbaugh said the proposals were carefully chosen and taken out of context to make the union look bad.

One of the proposals concerned seniority and promotion. Workers suggested that if managers determined that two workers were equally qualified for a position, then it should go to the one with the longer tenure, rather than being left up to the manager. They claim it will remove management bias, but they say the offer has been “hyped” to make it sound like new hires won’t get promoted.

“There is a great plan to dismantle this movement and devalue it in every possible way,” Jarbaugh said.

Wadley said the company that shared the union’s proposals with other stores was “a stab in the back”.

“It reinforced my mind that they were not going to sign a contract,” he said.

Gallagher and Jarbo said that after they learned of the meetings, they suggested that the company bid on Zoom so that all Towson store employees could see both sides’ proposals and negotiations for themselves. According to them, the company’s lawyer immediately rejected the request.

“Now we want full transparency,” Jarbaugh said.

California-based Apple did not respond to emails from HuffPost asking for comment.

The Apple Store in Towson, pictured above, was the company’s first unionized store.

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Workers from other recently unionized companies have faced similar obstacles in their negotiations. Workers United has organized almost 300 Starbucks stores and is at odds with the company over remote negotiations as Starbucks insists both parties meet in person only. Labor Council General Counsel accuses Starbucks of illegal rejection of the deal over zoom.

After Amazon workers formed the company’s first American union at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, last year, the company disputed the election results, accusing union and union representatives of irregularities. The lawsuit associated with the challenge delayed bidding by several months, and the union called it a disruptive tactic on the part of the company. The board officially confirmed the election results in January, but Amazon also appealed the decision.

When it comes to negotiating first contracts, time is on the employer’s side. The union has every reason to reach an agreement as soon as possible and show workers in other places that they can increase their wages and get new guarantees by forming a union. But as a general rule, it is in the employer’s interest to take the time and hope union support wanes over time and the workers still don’t have a contract to showcase their efforts.

Sometimes employers deliberately delay the process in the hope that a de-certification campaign will be carried out. That is when the employees petition for an election to vote for the dismissal of the union from the workplace. Workers may request a vote to remove certification after one year has elapsed since the union has become their representative.

“Hopefully, we can get them a contract that will make a big difference in their lives,” Gallagher said of his colleagues. “It all comes down to whether or not Apple is really willing to settle for anything.”

“There is a great plan to dismantle this movement and devalue it in any way possible.”

– Billy Jarbaugh, Apple Store Worker and Union Bargaining Committee member.

According to data from Bloomberg’s Law, these days it takes a union an average of 465 days to secure a first contract. In some cases, an agreement is never reached, a fact that many employers are happy to share with workers before they vote in union elections.

It’s been less than a year since the Apple Store Towson unionized. IAM says it agreed last year to postpone talks until after the company’s busy holiday season, if the company had planned days of talks on the calendar.

The workers said the company and the union have reached several preliminary agreements on smaller issues so far, but the most contentious ones are expected to come. The union declined to give details of the workers’ economic demands, such as a minimum wage or an annual percentage increase, as they have not yet been tabled.

One of the problems with the first contract is that there is no existing framework to build on. Many non-union employers are hesitant to abandon any of their existing policies for fear of opening up to new demands from other workers.

Wadley said the negotiating team proposed a grievance procedure – another union contract standard – and that Apple quickly dismissed it.

“They don’t want to do anything different than what they’re already doing,” he said. “I don’t believe they want to give us something that you could use to organize elsewhere.”

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Supreme Court 9, Administrative State 0



On Friday, the Supreme Court dealt another blow to the administrative state in a 9-0 decision, ruling that individuals and entities captured by an independent agency should not endure agonizing litigation from the government to challenge its constitutionality in federal court.Axon Enterprise v. FTC another SEC vs. Cochran).

The private plaintiffs in these cases want to challenge the actions of the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission on the grounds that the agencies’ structures are unconstitutional. But the discrete question before the court was whether they had to go through the agency’s long and costly administrative process before they could go to federal court.

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HDFC Bank’s fourth-quarter net income rose 19.8% to Rs 12,047 crores on strong credit growth.



HDFC Bank, the country’s largest private sector lender, posted a 19.8% year-on-year increase in net income to Rs 12,047 crore amid strong credit growth.

Net interest income (interest earned minus interest spent) rose 23.7% to Rs 23,351.8 crore for the fourth quarter. The underlying net interest margin was 4.1% on total assets and 4.3% on interest earning assets, the bank said.

Other income was Rs 8,731.2 crore compared to Rs 7,637.1 crore in the same period of the previous year. In the fourth quarter, the bank suffered a market value loss of Rs 37.7 crore compared to a profit of Rs 47.6 crore in the fourth quarter of FY 22.

Provisions and contingencies for the quarter ended March 31, 2023 were Rs 2,685.4 crore compared to Rs 3,312.4 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2022. The total cost of credit ratio was 0.67% compared to 0.96% in the previous quarter. last year and 0.74% in the previous quarter.

Gross non-performing assets (GNPA) accounted for 1.12% of gross advances as of March 31, 2023 compared to 1.23% as of December 31, 2022 and 1.17% as of March 31, 2022. Net non-performing assets As of As of March 31, 2023, assets accounted for 0.27% of net advances. At the end of December 2022, net NPA was 0.33%.

The bank’s total balance increased by 19.2% to Rs 24.6 trillion.

Deposits rose 20.8% year on year to Rs 18.8 trillion, while current and savings deposits rose 11.3%. Casa deposits accounted for 44.4% of total deposits as of March 31, 2023, compared to 44% in December 2022.

Advances rose 16.9% to Rs 19.2 trillion on the back of a 20.8% increase in domestic retail loans and a 29.8% increase in commercial and rural bank loans. The bank’s wholesale loan portfolio rose 12.6%, a sharp decline from the third quarter, when it rose 20.3%.

HDFC Bank’s capital adequacy ratio (CAR) was 19.3% as of March 31, 2023, compared to 18.9% a year ago, while the statutory ratio was 11.7%, which includes a capital preservation buffer of 2. 5% and additional 0.2% requirement on the account of a bank identified as a domestic systemically important bank (D-SIB).

As of March 31, 2023, the Tier 1 total capital ratio was 16.4%.

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Drunk passenger on Delhi-Bangaluru IndiGo flight tried to open emergency door



In another incident of unruly behavior by an air passenger, a drunken pilot on board an IndiGo flight from Delhi to Bangalore tried to open an emergency door on Friday.

This was reported to the relevant authorities and appropriate action was taken.

“A passenger on Flight 6E 308 from Delhi to Bangalore tried to open the emergency exit hatch while intoxicated. Noticing this, the crew on board warned the captain, and the passenger was warned accordingly,” the airline spokesman said.

“There were no compromises regarding the safe operation of said flight and upon arrival in Bangalore, the non-operating passenger was handed over to CISF,” the spokesman added.

In late March, two passengers on an Indigo flight from Dubai to Mumbai continued to drink alcohol on board despite multiple warnings from the crew, and then abused the crew and other passengers.

Over the past few months, airlines have witnessed many similar cases of inappropriate behavior by some air passengers.

To combat unruly behavior on board, the General Aviation Authority (DGCA) regulates aviation (DGCA) issued a CAR, Title 3 – Air Transport, Series M and Part VI entitled “Treatment of Unruly/Disruptive Passengers”.

Under the procedure defined in the CAR, airlines are required to follow a prescribed procedure for holding passengers accountable before they are placed on the No Fly List by the airline. Based on the information provided by the airlines, the DGCA maintains a “No Fly List”.



First published: 07 Apr 2023 | 22:50 IS

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