Apple affirms the right of employees to discuss working conditions externally

Apple sent a memo to its staff asserting their right to talk about working conditions and pay internally at the company or even externally if desired.

In an internal memo obtained by NBC News, Apple says its employees are not prohibited from talking about “wages, hours or working conditions” internally or externally.

The note was posted on Apple’s internal site, which the company’s 80,000 hourly and salaried employees in the United States have access to.

“Our policies do not prevent employees from speaking freely about their wages, hours or working conditions,” the memo reads. “We encourage any employee with concerns to raise them in the way that works best for them, internally or externally, including through their manager, any Apple manager, technical support, business partner. people or the conduct of business. “

The note echoes the language of Apple’s business conduct policy, which says that nothing in the rule “should be interpreted as restricting your right to speak freely about your pay, hours or working conditions” .

Veena Dubal, a professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law, said the memo is a victory for workers, but still shows how easy it is for companies to get away with violating labor law .

“This is a victory for the workers because it shows that Apple knows they would have lost if it had been judged. But it also highlights how much the law deters unfair labor practices, and how little workers can get when their organizational rights are violated. “

Eight labor law violations have been filed against Apple since August.