canada africa partner reservation The US Apple Store in Maryland Towson votes to authorize the strike over work-life balance concerns

The US Apple Store in Maryland Towson votes to authorize the strike over work-life balance concerns

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Apple's US retail workers vote to approve the strike, citing work-life balance

Employees at the Apple Store in the city of Towson voted to unionize in 2022

San Francisco:

Union workers at an Apple store in Maryland voted Saturday to authorize a strike, which would be the first such industrial action against the retailer in the United States if it goes ahead.

Employees at the Apple Store in the town of Towson, outside Baltimore, voted to unionize in 2022 — another first for the iPhone maker’s U.S. stores.

But a contract has yet to be concluded.

“After more than a year of negotiations with Apple management that produced unsatisfactory results,” the union members are “expressing their collective demand for meaningful change,” according to a union statement.

“The issues at the forefront of this action include concerns about work-life balance, unpredictable scheduling practices that disrupt personal lives, and wages that are out of line with the cost of living in the area.”

The Towson store has about 100 employees, 98 percent of whom voted in favor of the work stoppage.

The next negotiating meeting is scheduled for May 21, although a strike could happen earlier.

Meanwhile, workers at another store of the California-based company, in New Jersey, voted against a unionization effort this weekend.

Apple did not immediately respond to an AFP request for comment.

The National Labor Relations Board, the federal labor regulator, has received numerous complaints against Apple, accusing it of trying to discourage workers from joining unions.

U.S. tech companies are generally seen as hostile to unionization efforts, especially Amazon.

In September, nearly a quarter of Apple Store employees in France went on strike on the day the iPhone 15 was launched, demanding a pay increase at least equal to inflation.

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