Apple employees in US store achieve first union | The World | D.W.

A majority of the employees of an Apple store in the United States voted this Saturday (06.18.2022) in favor of the creation of a union, a first for the technology giant, which tried to discourage union initiatives.

Of the 110 employees of the brand’s store in Towson, Maryland, 65 spoke in favor and 33 against, according to the count broadcast live this Saturday by the federal agency in charge of supervising the scrutiny.

A group of employees called AppleCORE (Coalition of Apple Retail Employees) led the campaign to unionize and ask for representation in decisions about wages, hours and safety measures.

Saturday’s result means employees at that store, who have been called to vote since Wednesday, will have to form a branch of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) union, once the agency certifies the results.

IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. celebrated the “courage” of the workers.

“This victory shows the growing demand for unions in Apple stores and in different industries across the country,” he added.

It wasn’t the first time employees at an Apple store had tried to unionize, but it was the first attempt that resulted in a vote.

Apple did not comment

Apple’s director of distribution and human resources, Deirdre O’Brien, was present at the store in May to speak to employees.

“It is your right to join a union, but it is also your right not to join,” according to an audio excerpt released by the Vice site.

O’Brien had assured that the presence of an intermediary would complicate relations between Apple and its employees.

Contacted by AFP, the Californian group declined to comment on the results.

In decline for several decades, unions in the United States have won several symbolic victories in recent months, starting with the support of President Joe Biden.

The creation in December of the first union in a Starbucks cafe, managed directly by the chain in the United States, aroused enthusiasm.

At Amazon, the employees of a New York warehouse gave a surprise in early April by voting overwhelmingly for the creation of a union, the first of the group in the United States.

However, the company demanded the cancellation of that result and organize a second vote.

mg (afp, The New York Times)