Employees at an Apple Store in Towson, Maryland have: pick a date for their union elections. Employees at the downtown Towson site will vote in person over four days, beginning June 15.
The organizers call themselves Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (AppleCore). They are seeking to unionize with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
In a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the group said “a firm majority” of employees support the union action. They said they organize “out of a deep love for our role as employees within the company and out of concern for the company itself.” They want “access to rights we don’t currently have” and for Apple to apply the same neutrality agreements it has with suppliers to employees, “so that we as employees can obtain our rights to information and collective bargaining that the law affords us through unionization. “
They will be the second group of Apple Store employees to hold union elections. Those at the Cumberland Mall location in Atlanta will vote in early June to join the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
Employees at Apple Stores other than the Towson and Atlanta locations also hold union actions. Workers at the Grand Central Terminal store in New York City have gathered signatures for a union vote.
Although Apple has voted in favor of elections in Maryland and Georgia, the company is reportedly fighting union activity. It would have hired the same anti-union law firm as Starbucks. The company has also reportedly used anti-union talks in pre-shift meetings in some locations. This week, workers at two stores accused Apple of breaking unions over files about unfair labor practices.
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