Apple reportedly won't challenge historic Maryland store unionization vote

The company plans to bargain "in good faith," according to Reuters.

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Igor Bonifacic
June 25, 2022 12:09 PM
In this article: news, gear, labor, Apple, Business, unions
TOWSON, MARYLAND - JUNE 20: People walk past The Apple Store at the Towson Town Center mall, the first of the company's retail locations in the U.S. where workers voted over the weekend to unionize, on June 20, 2022 in Towson, Maryland. Following a late-pandemic era wave of workers demanding higher pay,  better benefits and more negotiating leverage, 65 of the 98 workers at the Towson Apple Store voted to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union on June 18. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Apple will reportedly not challenge the recent vote by employees at its Towson Town Center retail location in Maryland to unionize. Citing a “person familiar with the company’s plans,” Reuters reports the tech giant will participate in the bargaining process “in good faith.” Apple declined to comment on the report.

On June 19th, workers at the Towson Town Center Apple Store voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Of the approximately 110 employees who were eligible to participate in the election, 65 voted yes. Towson Town Center was the first Apple retail location in the US to vote on unionization after organizers at a store in Georgia called off an election over intimidation claims.

If the reporting from Reuters is accurate and Apple does not plan to challenge the Towson vote, the company’s approach would put it at odds with much of corporate America. Amazon, for instance, quickly came out against the historic vote at its JFK8 facility in Staten Island, saying it would appeal the result over allegations the Amazon Labor Union had intimidated workers and committed “electioneering.” Even if their appeals are ultimately thrown out, companies will typically challenge union votes as a way to delay the bargaining process and pour water on other organizing efforts.

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