Apple workers vote to unionizse at Maryland store
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Apple store employees in a Baltimore suburb voted to unionize by a nearly 2-to-1 margin on Saturday, a union said, joining a growing push across US retail, service, and tech industries to organize for greater workplace protections.
The Apple retail workers in Towson, Maryland, voted 65-33 to seek entry into the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the union's announcement said.
The vote could not immediately be confirmed with the National Labour Relations Board, which would have to certify the outcome.
An NLRB spokesperson referred initial queries about the vote to the board's regional office, which was closed late Saturday.
Union organizing in a variety of fields has gained momentum recently after decades of decline in US union membership.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Apple employees who wanted to join said they sent Apple CEO Tim Cook notice last month that they were seeking to form a union.
"They made a huge sacrifice for thousands of Apple employees across the nation who had all eyes on this election," Martinez called on Apple to respect the election results and to let the unionizing employees fast-track efforts to secure a contract at the Towson location.
It remained unclear what steps would follow the vote in Towson. Labor experts say it's common for employers to drag out the bargaining process to take the momentum out of union campaigns.
The IAM bills itself as one of the largest and most diverse industrial trade unions in North America, representing approximately 600,000 active and retired members in the aerospace, defense, airlines, railroad, transit, healthcare, automotive, and other industries.
The Apple store unionization comes against a backdrop of other labor organizing nationwide — some of them rebuffed.
Amazon workers at a warehouse in New York City voted to unionize in April, the first successful US organizing effort in the retail giant's history.
Many unionization efforts have been led by young workers in their 20s and even in their teens.
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