Apple Retail Workers Vote to Unionize Maryland Store

Apple Retail Workers Vote to Unionize Maryland Store
Apple Retail Workers Vote to Unionize Maryland Store
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Workers at Apple’s Towson Town Center store in Maryland voted to unionize, with 65 votes in favor and 33 against. Around 110 employees were eligible to vote in the elections.

The store is the first Apple retail store in the US to hold a union election, after organizers in Atlanta withdrew their request to hold a union vote, which was scheduled for early May.

Organizing at the Towson store was led by a group of employees who called themselves AppleCORE (an acronym for Coalition of Organized Retail Employees). Workers have said they want to expand their rights, specifically asking for a voice when it comes to pay, hours and safety. AppleCORE is associated with a larger established union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

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Apple has not welcomed the multiple unionization campaigns in its stores with open arms. The company hired anti-union lawyers and had store and even corporate leaders tell employees why they shouldn’t join a union. Organizers in Atlanta even withdrew their request to hold an election, saying Apple’s behavior made it impossible to have a fair vote, and the company has been accused of busting unions through captive audience meetings in two separate locations.

There are currently no other union elections scheduled at Apple retail stores in the US. However, workers at Apple’s Grand Central Store in New York are in the process of collecting the necessary signatures to request a vote, in partnership with the Communications Workers of America union. There are also efforts to organize an Apple store in Louisville, Kentucky.

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