Apple employees create first US union
Maryland Apple workers organized the company’s first retail union.
There were around a dozen abstentions among the Towson shop workers who voted 65-33 in favor of the initiative.
Organization tweeted after vote: “We’re happy… We’ll organize tomorrow.”
A union effort was launched at the third Apple shop this year, although a vote was successfully held at the first one.
New Apple Core union – the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees.
Sent an open letter to Apple in May, claiming its proposal was “about us as employees obtaining.
Access to rights that we don’t currently have” but that it didn’t want to “go against or cause confrontation with our management”.
Apple shops in Atlanta and New York have also initiated unionization attempts.
Staff in Atlanta, meantime, have postponed their vote because the Communications Workers of America (CWA) is accusing the firm of anti-union action.
Apple for the union
Although unions are not as common in the United States as they are in many European countries, they are legally protected.
When it comes to creating one, it’s best to have at least 30 percent of employees sign.
Petition to have the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) conduct an official election.
Apple’s management teams reportedly have “talking points” to discourage unionization.
Motherboard captured Deirdre O’Brien informing workers.
That she recognized their right to join a union, but that “it’s equally your choice not to join a union.” In April.
I’m afraid about the impact of involving a third party.
Especially one who doesn’t know Apple or our firm well, he argues.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) supported the Towson workers.
“A historic win,” the company’s president Robert Martinez Jr. proclaimed to the Apple workforce.
For the benefit of thousands of Apple workers, “they made a significant sacrifice,” he added.
There has been an increasing desire for unions at Apple shops and other companies throughout the United States as a result of this victory.”
Apple declined to comment on the vote, which the NLRB has yet to formally ratify, according to the AFP.
The latest in a line of high-profile union drives in the United States is the Towson store’s union.
When Starbucks workers successfully organized a union for the first time in decades.
It triggered a wave of similar initiatives at individual locations around the country.
Amazon’s New York warehouse employees voted 55% in favor of unionization in April.
But the company disputes that result and is calling for a re-run.
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