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Maryland Apple Store Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

ByHuey Yee Ong

May 13, 2024
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Maryland Apple Store Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

Workers at an Apple retail store in Towson, Maryland, members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, have voted to authorize a strike.

In 2022, the Towson store became the first Apple retail location to establish a formal union. The recent vote to authorize a strike, however, does not set a strike date, leaving the timing uncertain. The union’s decision aims to escalate its push for better work conditions, specifically addressing issues like work-life balance, unpredictable scheduling, and fair wages.

The IAM CORE Negotiating Committee expressed that this vote demonstrates their solidarity and serves as a direct message to Apple about their persistent dedication to workers’ rights. Negotiations with Apple have been ongoing since January 2023. The union stresses its commitment to securing substantial improvements for employees, emphasizing the need for Apple’s management to engage respectfully and constructively.

Meanwhile, Apple maintains that it values its team members highly, offering them leading industry compensation and benefits, and pledges to continue its respectful engagement with the union.

Contrastingly, a similar initiative at the Short Hills, New Jersey Apple store met a setback as workers voted against unionizing with the Communication Workers of America. Prior to this vote, the CWA accused Apple of retaliatory actions against a union organizer, which included multiple unscheduled meetings and denied leave requests.

This backdrop of union activities at Apple stores is framed by a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board, which found Apple guilty of violating federal labor laws in 2022. The violations involved the confiscation of union flyers and interrogation of employees about union activities at their World Trade Center store in New York, further complicating the landscape of labor relations within the company.


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Huey Yee Ong

Hello, from one tech geek to another. Not your beloved TechCrunch writer, but a writer with an avid interest in the fast-paced tech scenes and all the latest tech mojo. I bring with me a unique take towards tech with a honed applied psychology perspective to make tech news digestible. In other words, I deliver tech news that is easy to read.

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