Apple Store Employees in Maryland Launch Union Drive: Report

A group of employees at an Apple store in Maryland launched a campaign on Tuesday to form a union, The Washington Post reported.

Organizers at the Towson Mall store near Baltimore said they had signatures from more than 65% of potentially eligible employees, according to the report.

The union intends to file documents with the National Labor Relations Board in the coming days, the Washington Post said.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

In April, workers at an Apple store in Atlanta filed a petition to hold union elections, seeking to become the company’s first U.S. store to unionize amid a wave of union activity in other large companies.

In other news, Amazon workers voted against unionizing a second warehouse in New York, a vote tally showed on Monday, representing a defeat for union organizers who a few weeks ago at barely, picked up their first U.S. win at the retail giant.

Sixty-two percent of workers at the Staten Island plant opposed union pressure, with 618 employees voting no and 380 in favour, according to results released Monday by U.S. officials.

The election at the LDJ5 warehouse followed the April 1 upset victory of the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) at the much larger JFK8 Staten Island company site – which established America’s first union at the sales colossus by retail.

Last month’s victory was one of the biggest recent victories for U.S. unions, winning plaudits from U.S. President Joe Biden and other high-profile unions, some of whom traveled to Staten Island ahead of the second vote.

But the ALU acknowledged its latest setback at Amazon, the second largest private employer in the United States after Walmart.

“The count is over. The election ended without union recognition,” the ALU said on Twitter. “The organization will continue at this facility and beyond. The fight has only just begun.”

Union campaign supporters said Amazon was well-prepared for the latest vote and campaigned aggressively to undo the momentum of the previous victory.

To further complicate their efforts, the union leaders were not as well known as at JFK8, where ALU President Christian Smalls had previously worked.

Smalls launched the campaign after being fired in March 2020 for leading a protest for personal protective equipment during the first major outbreak of Covid-19 in New York City.

“At the end of the day, it’s a marathon, not a sprint,” Smalls told reporters. “We all know there will be wins and losses, we will fight another day.”


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