Apple is reportedly not challenging to unionize at its Towson Town Center retail outlet in Maryland. Quoting “a person who knows the company’s plans” The tech giant will participate in the bargaining process in good faith. Apple declined to comment on the report.
On June 19, workers at the Towson Town Center Apple Store voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the International Union of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Of the approximately 110 eligible employees, 65 voted yes. Towson Town Center became the first Apple retail location in the United States to vote to unionize after an election at a store in Georgia over allegations of intimidation by organizers.
If reporting Reuters True, and Apple doesn’t plan to challenge the Towson vote, the company’s approach contrasts it with much of corporate America. For example, Amazon immediately opposed the historic Staten Island vote, saying it would be the result of allegations that the Amazon Labor Union was intimidating workers and making “election propaganda.” Even if their objections are ultimately dismissed, companies will typically challenge union votes as a way to delay the bargaining process and spill water on other organizing efforts.
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