United States | Victory for the first association in an Apple Store

(San Francisco) After Starbucks and Amazon, the union movement won Apple on Saturday with a historic union victory at an American Apple store, a first for the Apple brand.

Posted yesterday at 9:20pm

Julie Jammot
Media Agency France

Of the 110 employees at the store in Towson, a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland, 65 voted in favor and 33 voted against, according to the balance sheet broadcast live on Saturday by the federal agency responsible for overseeing the election.

“We did it, Towson! We won ! Thanks to everyone who worked hard and supported us! ‘ responded the AppleCORE (Coalition of Apple Distribution Employees) account on Twitter as the employees who ran the campaign were baptized.

“Today we celebrate with the Association of Machinists. Tomorrow we will continue the mobilization,” they added.

AppleCORE members have been fighting with the IAM (International Association of Machinists) union. They demand a say in decisions about salaries, working hours and safety measures.

Saturday’s result means employees at that store, who have been called to vote since Wednesday, should set up their branch within IAM once the federal agency confirms the result.

The win mirrors that of an Amazon department store in New York in April, another tech group that has tried unsuccessfully to counter organizing efforts.

” Disgust ”

It wasn’t the first Apple Store to attempt unionization, but it was the first attempt to result in a vote.

Apple’s director of distribution and human resources, Deirdre O’Brien, visited the store in May to address employees.

“It’s your right to join a union, but it’s also your right not to join a union,” she told them, according to an audio clip broadcast by the Vice website.

She had assured that the presence of an intermediary would complicate the relationship between Apple and its employees.

“I’m concerned that there is an organization in the middle of our relationship, an organization that doesn’t have a deep understanding of Apple and our business,” she said. “And most importantly, an organization that I don’t think shares our commitment to you.”

The California group contacted by AFP declined to comment on the news.

The IAM union previously condemned attempts to discourage employees from voting “yes” to unionize.

In a video posted by pro-union outlet More Perfect Union, AppleCORE activists expressed “disgust” at meetings apparently aimed at scaring them off.

“We were told, ‘Apple offers many advantages, you should be grateful,'” says one of them.

“I applaud the courage shown by the members of CORE […] to achieve this historic victory,” commented Robert Martinez, President of IAM International, in a union statement.

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“You made a huge sacrifice for millions of Apple employees across the country who have all been watching this election,” he continued, saying the vote was a sign of growing demand for unions in the country, Apple Stores and other industries .

He also urged Tim Cook, the boss of the iPhone maker, to respect the result and quickly pass a collective agreement with the new union branch.

In decline for several decades, unions in the US have won several symbolic victories in recent months, beginning with outspoken support for Joe Biden.

The formation of the first union at a Starbucks coffee managed directly by the chain in the United States in December has sparked enthusiasm while workers, often young and educated, have been mobilized in NGOs, universities, museums and the media.

At Amazon, in early April, workers at a New York department store surprised everyone by voting to form a union, a first for the company in the United States.

But that isolated victory (after two failures in Alabama and before another failure at a sorting center in New York) has not yet translated into substantive negotiations.

The company asked for this result to be annulled and for a second vote to be held, specifically on the grounds that it believed the union had intimidated the workers to get them to vote ‘yes’.

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