Employees of the American Apple Store vote to form a union

Apple Store employees in Maryland in the US voted to join a union, marking a milestone for organized labor.

Sixty-five of the 110 employees at the store in Towson, Maryland, voted in favor of the proposal, while 33 voted against. About a dozen of the workers abstained.

Voting started on Wednesday and continued until Saturday evening.

The vote was held after a group of workers campaigned for unionization under the name AppleCORE (Apple Coalition of Organized Retail Employees).

After announcing the result, the group tweeted: “We did it Towson! We won our union vote! Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard and to everyone who has supported us! Now we celebrate … Tomorrow we will continue organizing .”

Robert Martinez, president of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), said, “I applaud the courage Core members have shown at the Apple Store in Towson for achieving this historic victory.”

The votes have yet to be certified by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which could take about a week or more.

The NLRB has said that once the poll results are officially confirmed, Apple will be forced to negotiate working conditions with the union.

AppleCORE joins the IAM, an industrial union representing more than 300,000 employees.

It wasn’t the first time Apple Store employees had tried to unionize, but it was the first time their efforts culminated in a vote.

Apple stores in Atlanta and New York have also started the union process for their employees.

Last month, the IAM and Apple employees notified Apple CEO Tim Cook in a letter of their intention to form a union, listing “access to the rights we don’t currently have” and that it company “promised not to use your resources to participate in an anti-union campaign.”

AppleCORE stated it would not go against the company or confront the companys management.

Apple employees participating in the Towson Mall union action have said they want more control over issues such as coronavirus safety, working hours and wages, work-life balance and benefits that match employment.

Unions are legally protected in the US, despite the fact that their prevalence is lower than in many European countries.

According to reports, Apple hired a law firm specializing in employment law and prepared a list of “talking points” for its management teams to discourage employees from joining unions.

Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s head of retail and HR, visited the facility in May to speak to staff. After the union campaigns went public, a recorded message from O’Brien was sent to employees, discouraging retail workers from joining unions, claiming it would make it harder for Apple to respond to complaints from employees.

“I want to start by saying itis your right to join a union, but it isis also your right not to join a union,” OBrien said, according to audio published by Shame

The union action in the Towson store is the latest in a series of high-profile union initiatives taking place in the country.

After unionizing in December at two Starbucks coffee shops in the city of Buffalo, New York, employees at more than 160 of the chain’s locations filed for similar ballots in a bid to join the union.

In April, the Amazon Union (ALU) was declared the winner of an NLRB election performed in Staten Island, New York, in one of the most significant worker victories in modern American labor history.

The election results marked the first time a majority of workers at an Amazon facility voted to join a union.

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