Apple Park’s handymen and other contracted hourly workers will continue to be paid during the new corona virus pandemic, and Apple will ensure they are paid despite the contractor’s announcement that they will be suspended, according tomedia outlet Apple Insider. In early March, Apple said it would continue to pay its retail and service employees, who are affected by store closures around the world, full wages during the new corona virus pandemic. Although this has led Apple Park employees to work from home and receive regular pay, contractors working at cupertino park do not appear to be constrained by the same measures.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the company that signed up to Apple notified hundreds of contractors over the weekend that their jobs had been suspended without pay or health care benefits. The shutdown was due to a reduction in the number of employees in Apple’s offices as a result of the home-based policy.
Three-quarters of the union’s Apple Park was told to be suspended over the weekend, according to Denise Solis of the SEIU Union.S. Solis claims that many workers are already preparing to apply for job losses after hearing about the shutdown. While other technology companies, including Facebook and Alphabet, have pledged to pay contractors on an hourly basis, Apple told contractors over the weekend that it would no longer pay contractors. “We were really surprised,” Solis said.
Kirstin Huguet, an Apple spokesman, told the Wall Street Journal on Monday that handymen would continue to be paid.
“We are working with all of our suppliers to ensure that hourly workers such as cleaners are paid at this difficult time,” Mr. Huguesaid said. She added that she did not know why some contractors had been told to stop work. The League’s bus drivers have had similar problems, with shuttle service providers WeDriveU and Hallcon Corp telling them they will fire 100 drivers in a week.
Stacy Murphy, vice president of Teamsters, suggested that contractors bill Apple at the end of the month, but were apparently reluctant to risk employee salaries, but there was no guarantee that Apple would reimburse the companies. “Apple didn’t respond to that, put it off,” Murphy said. “
Apple again told the Wall Street Journal that drivers will continue to be paid, citing the Lux Bus America transportation service. Matt Brown, chief executive of Lux Bus, confirmed Apple’s commitment to pay 140 people working for the contractor and told the company to continue paying as usual.