Apple workers at Maryland store vote to unionize, a first for the U.S.

June 18 (Reuters) – Workers at Apple Inc (AAPL.O) in Maryland voted on Saturday to join a union, becoming the tech giant’s first employees to organize in the United States.

More than 100 workers at Towson near Baltimore “voted overwhelmingly to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers,” the union said on its website.

The local workers, forming the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees, “have the support of a solid majority of our colleagues,” they wrote in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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“It’s something we don’t do so as not to conflict with or create conflict with our management,” they wrote.

The Apple logo is seen in this illustration taken March 1, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

An Apple spokesperson, responding to Reuters’ request for comment, said by email that the company had “nothing to add at this time.”

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Apple workers in Atlanta who were seeking to unionize withdrew their request last month, citing intimidation.

Last year, some current and former Apple employees began criticizing the company’s working conditions online, using the hashtag #AppleToo.

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Reporting by Jaiveer Singh Shekhawat in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard

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