MADRID, June 19 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Workers at a tech company Apple store in the northeastern city of Baltimore this Saturday approved the formation of the company’s first trade union in the North American country.
The US National Board of Labor Relations vote count said that out of a total of 110 employees at the store, 65 voted in favor and 33 voted against. The Baltimore store is the first of more than 270 of the company’s stores across the country to join a union.
This vote marks the store workers’ union in the Coalition of Apple Organized Retail Employees (CORE), part of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), an industry union representing more than 300,000 employees.
“I applaud the courage shown by CORE members at the Towson Apple Store in achieving this historic victory,” said Robert Martinez Jr., president of IAM International, in a statement.
“You made a huge sacrifice for the thousands of Apple employees across the country who have all eyes on this election. I ask Apple CEO Tim Cook to respect the election result and expedite a first contract (…). This victory shows the growing demand for unions in Apple Stores and various industries across the country,” added the federation’s president.
“ACCESS TO RIGHTS WE DON’T HAVE”
CORE and IAM wrote to Tim Cook in May this year, informing the tech giant’s CEO of their intention to organize the union due to “broad support from the majority of workers”. Workers explained that “this decision to form a union is about access to rights that we don’t currently have”.
“We ask that you voluntarily recognize the union so that we can begin to work together as equals in a spirit of collaboration and collaboration,” the workers urged in the letter.