Apple’s Maryland Store Workers Vote to Authorize Strike – Reuters

Workers at Apple’s store in Towson, Maryland, have voted to authorize a strike, according to a statement by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (AIM) on Saturday.

The date for work stoppage has yet to be decided, according to the union, which represents Apple’s retail store workers in Maryland.

“The issues at the forefront of this action include concerns over work-life balance, unpredictable scheduling practices disrupting personal lives, and wages failing to align with the area’s cost of living”, IAM said in the statement.

“We will engage with the union representing our team in Towson respectfully and in good faith,” an Apple spokeswoman said.

In June 2022, Maryland Apple workers voted to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union. Moreover, this marks the first unionization of retail employees at the tech giant in the United States. Meanwhile, workers at Apple’s Short Hills store in New Jersey voted against unionizing, as reported by Bloomberg News on Saturday.

Communications Workers of America (CWA), which filed complaints with the National Labour Relations Board (NLRB) alleging illegal union-busting by Apple at the New Jersey store and others, blamed the defeat on the company’s behavior, the report said.

Apple retail staff at its New Jersey store filed for union representation with Communications Workers of America on April 8, according to John Nagy, the operations lead at the Short Hills store and a member of the organizing committee.

Apple did not respond to requests for comment on the vote against unionization. Furthermore, CWA and the NLRB did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the Bloomberg report regarding the New Jersey workers’ vote.

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