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Apple Store workers in Maryland vote to strike


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A photo of the Apple Store at Towson Town Center Mall in Maryland.

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Apple Store workers in Towson, Maryland, the first retail employees of the tech giant to unionize, made history again by voting late Saturday to authorize a strike.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (IAM CORE), the union representing workers, said in a news release that the vote “underlines employee frustrations over unresolved workplace issues.”

Employees at the store in the Baltimore suburb of Towson have been in contract negotiations with Apple management since last year over a number of issues, including the store’s “unpredictable” scheduling practices and wages that are “out of step with the cost of the area.” to live.”

“Today’s vote is the first step in showing our solidarity and sends a clear message to Apple,” members of the union’s bargaining committee said Saturday. “The adoption of the vote on the strike sanction underlines IAM CORE’s unwavering commitment to advocating for workers’ rights and well-being in the face of the challenges.”

Apple did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment. The union at the Towson store did not announce the date on which members would strike.

Meanwhile, another vote for a store to unionize failed this weekend.

Apple employees at the Mall at Short Hills store in New Jersey voted against unionizing on Saturday, according to Bloomberg. The union, known as the Communications Workers of America, alleged that Apple engaged in illegal union activity and blamed Apple’s tactics for the defeat.

“Rather than leave the decision up to the employees themselves, the company turned to its usual anti-union playbook to influence the outcome of the election,” CWA said in a statement obtained by Bloomberg.

Labor unrest has embroiled Apple and its stores, increasing the number of issues facing the iPhone maker, including regulatory scrutiny in Washington, sluggish sales in China and an iPad ad that backfired wildly.

The National Labor Relations Board last week upheld a decision alleging that Apple had used union-busting tactics in New York City.

The labor wave hitting Apple stores mirrors the massive organizing that began at other influential companies in the United States, such as Starbucks and Amazon. As Apple grew into the world’s first $3 trillion company, a tight labor market due to the Covid-19 pandemic exposed the working conditions and inequities faced by workers in stores and warehouses.

“It speaks to a growing frustration among workers and also a contagion of labor activity, which is when a group of workers stands up and inspires others,” said Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of Labor Education Research at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, previously told CNN.

CNN’s Ramishah Maruf contributed to this report.