Apple Store employees in Maryland launch Union Drive: report

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

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

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

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

Workers at an Apple store in Atlanta petitioned in April for union elections to be held to become the company’s first US store to be unionized amid a spate of labor activity at other major companies.

In other news, Amazon workers voted against unionizing a second warehouse in New York City, a ballot count showed on Monday, a defeat for union organizers who won their first US victory at the retail giant just weeks ago.

Sixty-two percent of workers at the Staten Island facility opposed the union push, with 618 workers voting no and 380 voting in support, according to results released Monday by US officials.

The election at the LDJ5 warehouse followed an angry April 1 victory for the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) at the much larger company’s JFK8 Staten Island site, establishing America’s first union at the retail behemoth.

Last month’s win was one of the biggest recent victories by US unions and was lauded by US President Joe Biden and other leading unions, some of whom visited Staten Island ahead of the second vote.

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

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

Labor movement supporters said Amazon was well prepared for the latest vote and fought aggressively to quell the momentum of the earlier win.

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

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

“At the end of the day, this is a marathon, not a sprint,” Smalls told reporters. “We all know there will be wins and losses, we will fight another day.” Apple Store employees in Maryland launch Union Drive: report

Ryan Sederquist

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