Apple workers vote to unionise at Maryland store in first for US

Employees at Apple stores in Maryland voted to unionize by a nearly two-to-one margin on Saturday, joining a growing push in the U.S. retail, service and tech sectors to organize. for better protection in the workplace.

Apple retail workers in Towson, Md., voted 65 to 33 to seek membership in the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), according to the union’s announcement. .

The vote could not immediately be confirmed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is expected to certify the result.

However, a spokesperson for the NLRB referred initial questions about the vote to its regional office, which was closed late Saturday.

Apple declined to comment on the development, company spokesman Josh Lipton told The Associated Press..

Unionization in various fields has recently gained momentum after decades of declining union membership in the United States.

Various organizers have worked to establish unions at companies including Amazon, Starbucks, outdoor retailer REI and Google parent company Alphabet.

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Apple employees who wanted to join the union said they sent CEO Tim Cook a notice last month saying they were looking to organize a union.

The statement said their primary motivation was to pursue “rights that we don’t currently have.” He said workers had recently organized in the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees, or Core.

“I applaud the courage shown by Core members at the Apple store in Towson to achieve this historic victory,” IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr said in a statement.

“They made a huge sacrifice for thousands of Apple employees across the country who had their eyes on this election.”

Mr. Martinez called on Apple to respect the election results and let unionized employees fast-track their efforts to secure a contract at the Towson site.

Additional reports by agencies

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