Sixty-five of the store’s 110 employees in Dawson, Maryland, voted in favor of the establishment with 33 votes in a poll live broadcast Saturday (local time) by the federal agency in charge.
Employees should be told about pay, working hours and safety measures. As of Saturday, Apple Store employees will form part of the IAM machine makers’ association once the federal agency approves the decision.
IAM President Robert Martinez praised the courage of Apple employees. This success reflects the growing demand for unions in Apple stores and various sectors of the economy in the United States.
Apple declined to comment when asked by AFP news agency. Apple Store employees in several US cities have repeatedly tried to form unions. But the referendum has never taken place before.
Apple HR chairman Deirdre O’Brien visited the Towson store in May – and pointed out that a union would complicate the intermediary relationship between Apple and its employees.
In the United States, unions have lost much of their power and membership over the past few decades. However, in recent months, they have achieved some symbolic success.
For example, workers at two Starbucks stores in Buffalo, New York, formed a union last December. In early April, workers at the Amazon warehouse on Staten Island in New York voted to become the company’s first union representative.
San Francisco (awp / sda / afp)
“Friend of animals everywhere. Web guru. Organizer. Food geek. Amateur tv fanatic. Coffee trailblazer. Alcohol junkie.”