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Apple workers approve their first union in the United States

Paris, 19 jun. (Cinktank.com) –

Workers at an Apple workshop in Baltimore, in the northeastern United States, have approved the creation of the company’s first union in the North American country.

According to a vote tally by the US National Labor Relations Board of States, of the store’s 110 employees, 65 voted in favor and 33 voted against. The Baltimore store becomes the first of the company’s more than 270 stores nationwide to unionize.

The vote marks the unionization of store workers into the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees of Apple (CORE), part of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), an industry union representing more of 300,000 employees.

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

“They made a great sacrifice for thousands of Apple employees across the country who had all their eyes on this election. I ask the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, to respect the election results and to speed up the implementation of a first contract (…). This victory shows the growing demand for unions in Apple workshops and in different industries across the country,” added the president of the association.

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“ACCESS TO RIGHTS WE DO NOT HAVE”

CORE and IAM approached Tim Cook in May this year in a letter informing the tech giant’s CEO of the intention to organize the union due to the “broad support of the majority of workers”. Employees explained that “this decision to form a union is about access to rights that we do not currently have”.

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“We ask that you voluntarily recognize the union so that we can begin to work together as equals in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration,” the workers asked in the letter.

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