The impetus to unionize comes as retail workers grow unsatisfied with their compensation as inflation soars in the U.S. It also follows word that Apple CEO Tim Cook’s 2021 compensation increased 569% last year, hitting $98.7 million—$3 million in annual salary, $82.3 million in stock awards, and a $12 million cash bonus. That works out to 1,400 times what the average Apple employee earned.
“[Apple Store workers] see how much executives and people on the corporate side of the company are making, and they’re working very hard,” Givan said. “In retail, the jobs have been riskier throughout the pandemic, because they’re public facing. They’re not able to work from home.