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Be the first to unionize Apple Store employees in Maryland

Employees of an Apple Store outside Baltimore have formed the tech giant’s first retail union in the US, marking another high-profile victory for the labor movement this year.

Employees of the company’s Towson Center store voted 65 to 33 In favor of joining the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, according to the vote count conducted by the National Labor Relations Board on Saturday. The board officials have not yet authenticated the results to make them official.

The union’s success at Apple shows the worker organizing wave that has hit Starbucks, Amazon and REI recently could extend to other big-name employers. Many workers who have felt abused during the pandemic are seeking union representation amid an unusually tight labor market, with the Labor Board seeing a noticeable increase in election petitions this year compared to 2021.

The president of the Machinists’ Union, Robert Martinez Jr., immediately called on Apple to begin negotiating a contract, and praised Apple’s employees for what he called a “historic victory.”

“He made a huge sacrifice for the thousands of Apple employees across the country who had their eyes on this election,” he said.

Towson’s employees were organizing with the Machinist Union under the name Apple Coalition of Organized Retail Employees, or AppleCORE. They sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook last month saying they “came together as a union out of a deep love of our role as workers within the company and out of care of the company.”

He mentioned other workers from “large companies in the service and tech sectors” who have chosen to unionize, saying he is proud to have followed in those workers’ footsteps. More than 100 Starbucks stores have been unionized since late last year, and the first Amazon union in the US was established in New York City in April.

“The union’s success at Apple gives the worker organizing wave that has affected Starbucks, Amazon and REI recently, may extend to other big-name employers.”

Those companies have strongly opposed their employees’ desire to unionize, and Apple is taking a similar position, possibly worried that a successful union bid will quickly spread to other stores around the country such as Starbucks has.

store managers have Workers urged not to union In meetings with employees, and the company hired the same union-avoidance law firm as Starbucks, Littler Mendelson, to counter the effort. Meanwhile, a company executive released a video to thousands of workers to discourage unionization, The Verge reported , “I worry about what it would mean to have another organization in the middle of our relationship,” said the executive, Deirdre O’Brien.

Other Apple retail employees have also recently started organizing campaigns. The Communications Workers of America union filed a petition to hold elections for an Apple Store in an Atlanta mall, but it withdrew weeks later, something unions sometimes do when they feel they have lost essential support. Is.

CWA is also organizing workers at Apple’s Grand Central store in New York City, where workers are demanding to have their vote.

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