First Apple Store workers join union

An Apple Store in Maryland is now making corporate history – because the workforce there voted for official union organization. After years of thwarting such efforts, Apple may be just the beginning.

That reports that News magazine CNBC. According to this, employees at the Apple Store in Towson, Maryland, voted 65 yes and 33 no to join the Machinists Union. This union has more than 600,000 members.

Most important requirement: co-determination

110 employees at the Towson store were eligible to vote. Employees hope the new move will persuade Apple to offer better wages and working conditions. Among other things, they demand participation in hourly wages, working hours and safety measures.

As CNBC reports, the National Labor Relations Board must first check the votes before Apple can start negotiations with the union – this is the official procedure for joining a union.

Apple Store employees in Maryland made history with their decision to vote for official unionization. They’re the first Apple retail location in the US to do so.

Development not positive?

In a video released in May, Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s retail human resources director, reiterated that employees have the right to join a union or not, as they choose. Those responsible for human resources in the group do not see the development as positive. “We have a relationship based on open, collaborative and direct engagement, which I think could change radically if a branch is represented by a union under a collective agreement,” explained O’Brien.

See also: Amazon resorts to bizarre methods to prevent union

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