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Teamsters call on Apple, Tesla to stand by workers during COVID-19 pandemic

Apple is generally perceived as doing a good job in helping others during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, not everyone agrees, it seems.

Teamsters Joint Council 7, which represents more than 1,000 shuttle bus drivers who work for the world’s wealthiest tech companies, is calling on Apple and Tesla to ensure that its contracted drivers are protected during the COVID-19 pandemic

Apple and Tesla are exceptions to the long list of tech companies that have continued to reimburse their transportation providers to ensure drivers will receive paychecks and health care during COVID-19, Stacy Murphy, Teamsters Local 853 business representative, says in a press release. Companies like Facebook, Genentech, Electronic Arts, Linkedin/Twitter and Salesforce, among many others, have committed to ensuring shuttle drivers will be protected, Murphy added.

“Both Apple and Tesla seem to pride themselves on being good corporate citizens, and both benefit greatly by the services these drivers provide,” said Rome Aloise, Teamsters Joint Council 7 president and international vice president. “I am hoping that this is simply an oversight by both companies, and that they will step up and do the same as the other tech companies. This includes many employers who have taken the responsibility to make sure their Teamster employees are covered in these unprecedented and serious times.”

Teamsters Joint Council 7 represents 150,000 members and retirees in Northern California, the Central Valley and Northern Nevada.  

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the news editor of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.