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By a clear majority, the employees of the Towson Town Center, Maryland Apple Store voted to form a union, and the ball is now in Apple’s court.
The vote was 65 workers for and 33 against unions. This is in line with expectations and will give workers a super-majority majority, making it more difficult for Apple to overcome the unionization process.
“I applaud the courage CORE members have shown at the Apple Store in Towson for achieving this historic victory,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. Saturday against the Wall Street Journal† “They made a huge sacrifice for thousands of Apple employees across the country who had all eyes on this election.”
The Towson Town Center store near Baltimore wasn’t the first to apply for union membership. Apple Stores in New York, and also Atlanta, in their pursuit of unions.
When it was originally announced, the organizers at the store said they’ve spent nearly a year getting support. They teamed up with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers to launch the union in the store.
It is not yet clear what the terms of the deal will be. Organizers at the two previous stores have pushed for an increase in the current starting wage of $20 an hour, and Apple has since pledged to pay $22 an hour.
For example, employees at the Cumberland Mall store in Atlanta are asking for an increase to $28 per hour. Workers at the Grand Central Station Apple Store in New York are asking for starting salary to be increased to $30.
Apple’s retail chief Deirdre O’Brien denounced recent union efforts at some of the company’s physical locations in a new employee video. She has said the efforts could slow progress in the workplace and potentially damage the relationship between Apple and its employees.
The company was recently accused of violating the National Labor Relations Act and countering an ongoing union action at Apple Cumberland Mall in Georgia.
Apple has not yet commented on the matter.