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Apple to Withhold Latest Employee Perks From Unionized Store

  • Company offering additional education and health-care benefits
  • Unionized store in Maryland will need to negotiate for perks
Employees assist customers at an Apple Inc. store in Munich, Germany. 

Employees assist customers at an Apple Inc. store in Munich, Germany. 

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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Apple Inc. is withholding its latest employee benefits from staff who work at its sole unionized retail store, a move that could potentially inflame labor tensions at the technology giant.

The company told retail and corporate staff this week that it will increase benefits for outside educational classes and health care, according to people familiar with the matter. Workers will get more funds to pursue coursework, and employees in some states will be able to access new health plan benefits, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the program hasn’t been announced publicly.