The store is located in Towson, Maryland. Of the 110 employees, 65 voted for and 33 against. The group of workers who campaigned for the creation are demanding a say in wages, working hours and safety measures. They had united as AppleCORE.
The atmosphere is a major setback for the parent company. Previous attempts to unite workers have been nipped in the bud. According to the American news channel NBC, the vote could cause a snowball effect: stores in Louisville (Kentucky) and Nashville (Tennessee) have also announced votes.
After it was announced that the Towson branch was hosting the vote, HR chief Deirdre O’Brien was visited. According to O’Brien, the creation of a union makes it more difficult for Apple to respond to the concerns and wishes of employees. This visit turned out to be in vain.
The count was broadcast live by the federal agency that oversaw the vote. The employees want to join a union called the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).
Amazon and Starbucks
The decision in Towson could have far-reaching consequences for other tech giants and major American companies. At Amazon, workers at a New York warehouse voted in April to form a union. However, the leadership of this group is pushing for a new vote. Starbucks employees also want to unite.
Apple declined to comment on the Townson vote.
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