Jun 19, 2022

Apple store workers vote to form first US union

The new Apple Core union - short for the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees - penned an open letter to Apple in May, saying its bid was "About us as workers gaining access to rights that we do not currently have", but that it did not want to "Go against or create conflict with our management". Forming one involves either the company voluntarily recognising a union, or workers gathering signatures from at least 30% of employees so that the National Labour Relations Board can hold a formal election. News outlets have alleged that Apple has hired a law firm known for its union expertise, and collated "Talking points" for its management teams to dissuade employees from signing up to one. In April, Motherboard released an audio recording of retail vice president Deirdre O'Brien telling employees that while she recognised the right to join a union, "It's equally your right not to join a union". The Towson store's union is the latest in a string of high-profile union campaigns in the US.In December, a successful campaign in New York saw Starbucks employees form their first union at the coffee chain in decades, which has sparked similar campaigns across many of the company's individual stores.

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