Apple employees at the Maryland store vote to unionize

Apple employees at the Maryland store vote to unionize

Apple employees at the Maryland store vote to unionize

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employees at a retail store outside of Baltimore voted to unionize on Saturday.

The move creates Apple’s first retail employee union in the US. The store employs more than 100 people who can vote, according to the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that oversees the election.

Employees at the Apple store in Towson Town Center voted 65 to 33 in favor of the organization. That gave the labor group, which calls itself the Coalition of Apple Organized Retail Employees, a clear majority in the vote to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

“I applaud the courage shown by CORE members at the Apple Store in Towson for achieving this historic victory,” said Robert Martinez Jr., International President of IAM. “They made a huge sacrifice for thousands of Apple employees across the country who had their eyes on this election.”

Apple operates more than 250 retail stores in the US


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He asked Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook to expedite a contract for the group and said the win “shows the growing demand for unions in Apple stores and in different industries across the country.”

An Apple spokesperson declined to comment.

Workers at several other Apple retail locations have also declared their intention to vote on unionization, including in New York City and Atlanta. In Atlanta, organizers withdrew a petition to vote on unionization in May, though organizers said they might try to hold a vote later.

Several US companies have faced unionization moves in the past year, including Amazon.com Inc.,

Starbucks Corp.

Verizon Communications Inc.

and outdoor retail chain Recreational Equipment Inc. Thousands of Amazon employees at a Staten Island warehouse voted to unionize earlier this year, and workers at more than 250 Starbucks locations have filed election petitions, according to the National Labor Relations Board.

In general, US unions have been looking to expand as the US grapples with a tight labor market and employee unrest brought on by the pandemic and reverses long-term declines in private sector union membership. In 2021, a record low 6.1% of private sector workers were members of a union, according to the Labor Department.

Apple operates more than 250 retail stores in the US and has approximately 65,000 retail employees. The entire company employs the equivalent of 154,000 full-time workers, according to Apple’s September annual report.

Apple recently increased pay for hourly workers in the U.S. to $22 an hour or more depending on the market, up 45% from 2018, the Wall Street Journal reported last month. Some workers, including hourly employees at their stores and AppleCare, were told their annual reviews would be advanced by three months and that their pay increases would take effect in early July, according to a memo reviewed by the Journal.

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