Apple workers vote to unionize second USA store

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Apple workers vote to unionize second USA store at its Oklahoma location, the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said on Friday, making it the tech giant's second US store to organize.

Apple workers vote to unionize second USA store

Employees of Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Penn Square store in Oklahoma City voted 56 to 32 in support of joining the Communications Workers of America Union (CWA), securing the required majority, according to a tally by the NLRB.

Apple workers vote to unionize second USA store

The move to organize into new industries during the pandemic sparked concerns about workplace safety. The momentum continues at companies including Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ:SBUX), and others.

The workers, who call themselves the Penn Square Labor Alliance, sought to join the CWA to address concerns including fair compensation, career development and COVID-19 health and safety concerns.

The NLRB did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Kevin Herrera, Apple's part-time expert and one of the lead organizers, said, "The thing that really did this for us was seeing our peers at other Apple Stores, our partners with Starbucks and other companies seeking better for ourselves." start doing it." Oklahoma City location.

The CWA filed an unfair labor practice charge in early October, alleging that Apple managers at the Oklahoma location informed workers that support for the union was futile, threatening to withhold benefits from workers who supported the union. , who were engaged in unlawful surveillance and interrogated the workers. CWA's press release.

Apple declined to comment on the allegations.

"We believe that our open, direct and collaborative relationships with our valued team members are the best way to deliver an outstanding experience for our customers and our teams," Apple said in a statement.

“We are proud to provide strong compensation and exceptional benefits to our team members. Since 2018, we have increased our starting rates in the US by 45% and we have made several significant improvements to our industry-leading benefits, including new Includes educational and family support programs," the company said.

Apple employees near Baltimore, Maryland, voted to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in June.

The CWA in May withdrew an election petition on behalf of Apple employees in Atlanta, Georgia, which claimed that Apple had repeatedly violated federal labor law and caused COVID infections among store employees, according to the CWA. The rising numbers had made fair elections impossible.

A regional NLRB office on September 30 accused Apple of illegally trying to stop a union campaign at a New York City retail store by questioning employees and stopping pro-union flyers from dropping off in a break room.

Some current and former Apple employees began criticizing the company's working conditions online last year using the hashtag #AppleToo.

According to the company's website, Apple has 272 stores in the United States.

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