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Union in the US Apple Store for the first time: two-thirds of employees vote for unions |  Abroad

Union in the US Apple Store for the first time: two-thirds of employees vote for unions | Abroad

The majority of Apple Store employees in the United States voted to form a union. It’s a first for the tech giant, which has so far successfully tried to discourage attempts at unionization.

Of the 110 store employees in Towson, near Baltimore, Maryland, 65 voted for and 33 against. The count was broadcast live by the federal agency that oversaw the vote.

A group of employees called AppleCORE (Apple’s Coalition of Organized Retail Employees) campaigned for the creation of a union. They demand a say in wages, working hours, and safety measures. “We did it Tucson!” The organization tweeted at night from Saturday to Sunday.


The vote result means that store employees, who have been able to vote since Wednesday, will have to form their own chapter of the IAM (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers) union once the agency approves the results.

It’s not the first Apple Store to try to form a union, but it’s the first to actually lead a vote. Apple declined to comment on the news.

Archive photo.  At Amazon, workers in a warehouse in New York voted overwhelmingly to form a union.  (01/04/22)

Archive photo. At Amazon, workers in a warehouse in New York voted overwhelmingly to form a union. (01/04/22) © ANP / EPA

symbolic victories

Unions, which have struggled in the United States for decades, have scored some symbolic victories in recent months, starting with outspoken support from President Joe Biden.

The creation of the first Starbucks direct franchise in the United States in December was met with enthusiasm. Meanwhile, workers, often young and highly educated, are mobilizing from NGOs, universities, museums, and the media.

On Amazon, the Employees of a warehouse in New York in early April caused a surprise By a majority vote to form a union, the group’s first in the United States.
However, Amazon requested that the result be voided and a second vote be taken.



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