Workers at a Maryland store of Apple vote to unionize

Workers at a Maryland store of Apple vote to unionize

65 workers voted in support of unionization and 33 against at the Apple store in Towson Town Center, Maryland. The election had a voting age limit of about 110 workers.

After Atlanta organizers dropped their petition to have a union vote, which was planned to take place in early May, the store is the first Apple retail location in the US to host a union election.

A group of employees called as AppleCORE has been organizing at the Towson location (an acronym for Coalition of Organized Retail Employees). The workers have said that they want to increase their rights, asking in particular for a say over pay, working hours, and safety. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, a more important and lengthy union, is connected with AppleCORE.

The many unionization initiatives at Apple's stores have still not been received kindly. The business hired anti-union lawyers and directed store and even corporate leadership to educate workers of the benefits of not joining a union. The company has been accused of union busting by conducting captive audience meetings at two different places, and activists in Atlanta even withdrew their petition to have an election, claiming that Apple's activities made it impossible to have a fair vote.

There aren't any upcoming union elections at US Apple retail locations. However, workers at Apple's Grand Central store in New York are working with the Communications Workers of America union to obtain the required number of signatures to request a vote. Additionally, there are initiatives to build an Apple store in Louisville, Kentucky.

Source: The Verge