Is Apple violating workers' rights under the garb of confidentiality?
Prosecutors at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that “various work rules, handbook rules, and confidentiality rules” imposed by Apple “tend to interfere with, restrain or coerce employees” from exercising their rights to collective action, an NLRB spokesperson said on Monday (Jan. 31), according to a Bloomberg report.
Some of Apple’s statements and conduct amount to violations of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the agency found. The original complaint, brought to the NLRB by an ex-employee, cited as an example a September 2021 email to employees from Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. In the email, Cook wrote that “people who leak confidential information do not belong here,” after two pieces of information from an internal meeting—frequently testing unvaccinated employees and details of a legal battle against Epic Games—leaked to the press.
In the midst of such suppressive subtext, the NLRB argued, workers will be reluctant to confront their employer or take issues to the media or the government. Unless Apple settles, the NLRB will issue a complaint against the company.
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