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Apple Staffers Planning a Revolt

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As Apple's retail locations turn 10 this week, they truly are showing signs of a petulant preteen.

Dissatisfaction among Apple store employees is nothing new. Last year saw the launch of the CrApple Store blog which became "a place for fed up employees to read the sufferings of another fed up employee, and laugh about all the little things that begin to tick you off whilst working at Apple." Since then, however, the site had been shut down -- twice -- and it remains offline.

But that doesn't mean Apple Store employees have let bygones be bygones.

A growing number of retail staffers feel mistreated and disrespected by Cupertino. A vocal few believe they deserve better treatment and compensation, sparking an initiative to unionize.

Dubbed the Apple Retail Union, the growing group of angry staffers have preached its manifesto:

"We are launching today to get fellow employees, shoppers, and the world know that we work in one of the most demanding retail environments while suffering through unfair treatment and compensation among many other various issues… We deserve better. Our time has come."

The plan is, according to Softpedia, to form a boycott of Apple retail spots which don't reflect the pristine utopia depicted in ads and promos. And this Sunday, as the company celebrates its Apple Store 2.0 launch, the ragtag group hopes to gather as many disgruntled employees to counteract the celebration with demands for professional and financial respect.

That should work out fine. Judging from his emails, Steve Jobs totally seems like the patient and understanding type.

But to be on the safe side, keep your LinkedIn profiles updated.

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