With the AFL-CIO targeting Silicon Valley, it's Not Surprising that yet another complaint has been filed against Apple by a former employee
It was reported last week that "The U.S. tech sector is the next frontier for labor organizing, and its workers are starting to understand the collective power unions have, President of the AFL-CIO Liz Shuler said on Friday at the Reuters Next Conference. With that as the background, is it any surprise that the rise in attacks on Apple by employees about pay equity and other issues have come out of nowhere this year?
Reuters is reporting today that "A former employee alleged in a complaint to a U.S. labor regulator filed on Tuesday that Apple has restricted employees' use of workplace messaging app Slack, hampering workers' ability to engage in protected speech and organizing.
Slack, which allows individuals to create on-the-fly group conversations, was rolled out a few years ago by Apple and has become increasingly popular as a discussion forum during the pandemic, multiple employees have said.
Apple employees who advocate for pay equity, remote work and other causes in the company have used it as well. On Oct. 25, according to the complaint by former worker Janneke Parrish to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board, Apple introduced moderation rules for the platform."
"It gives the appearance of surveillance of employees' protected speech activities," said the complaint, a copy of which was reviewed by Reuters.
Apple's policy holds that workers cannot create new Slack channels "without management's knowledge and support," according to the complaint, which includes a screenshot of a message detailing the policy. For more on this, read the full Reuters report.