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A group of Apple Store workers at Grand Central Terminal in New York City have started collecting signatures in an effort to form a union.
The group, known as Fruit Stand Workers United, voted on Feb. 21 to affiliate with the Workers United labor union, which is currently supporting similar efforts by Starbucks employees.
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Fruit Stand Workers United is seeking minimum pay of $30 per hour, increased tuition reimbursement, faster accrued and more vacation time and better retirement options, including higher match rates for 401(k) and enrollment into pension plans.
In addition, the group is looking to have research conducted into security protocols with customer interactions, track dust, health effects from building materials and noise pollution at Grand Central.
"Grand Central is an extraordinary store with unique working conditions that make a union necessary to ensure our team has the best possible standards of living in what have proven to be extraordinary times with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and once-in-a-generation consumer price inflation," organizers wrote on the unionizing effort's website.