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Apple reportedly does not intend to challenge a vote to unionize workers at any of its Maryland stores, and plans to negotiate “in good faith” with store employees.
Earlier in June, a majority of Towson Town Center Apple Store employees voted to form a union, becoming the first in the US to cast a vote.
Apple has no intention of standing in the way of that union vote and will participate “in good faith” in the negotiation process, a source familiar with the company’s plans said. Reuters†
Workers at Apple Towson Town Center, which voted first to organize, were supported by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. However, they have yet to outline their terms.
The Apple Store isn’t the first in the US to file a union application. Earlier in 2022, Apple Stores in New York and Atlanta, Georgia began hosting.
Employees at the Atlanta store cited harassment tactics when they postponed a vote to unionize in late May.
The Communications Workers of America, which supported union action in Atlanta and New York, filed complaints under the National Labor Relations Act accusing Apple of violating federal labor laws.
The HR and retail chief of the Cupertino tech giant, Deirdre O’Brien, opposed union action in May, saying unions could “fundamentally change” the company’s relationship with its workforce. In the same month, Apple also increased its retail starting wage to $22 an hour, likely as a way to stay ahead of the union push.
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