Employees at an Apple subsidiary in Towson, Maryland, today sent CEO Tim Cook a letter informing him of their unionization application. The Washington Post. The group, which bills itself as the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees, or AppleCore for short, represents the third Apple retail company reported to be in the process of unionizing. An Apple store in Atlanta is scheduled to hold one in June, and another location in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal is Signatures. Earlier this year The post reports that a number of other Apple stores are quiet a potential union campaign, but have yet to make their efforts public.
“As our business approaches its 20th anniversary, we reflect on the history of this company and how we have always been different; because we have always thought differently. Today we ask you to do the same and pledge not to use your resources on an anti-union campaign to dissuade us,” AppleCore members said in the letter. Last month, The edge that Apple hired the major anti-union law firm Littler Mendelson, in what union organizers saw as a likely attempt to nip union efforts in the bud.
The Towson Group claims to have the support of around 65 percent of eligible workers, giving them an overwhelming majority of the store’s employees. A workplace only needs signatures from thirty percent of its employees to hold one , but a majority of workers must support unionization for a campaign to be successful. As with the other Apple Stores that have gone public about their intentions to unionize, Towson workers cited a lack of flexibility in scheduling, safety concerns and stagnant wages. The arrears in pay seem particularly annoying given that Apple has reaped huge profits during the pandemic, even as the economy as a whole is heading for a slump .
In a statement to The post, an Apple spokesman replied to the letter. “We are fortunate to have incredible retail team members and we value everything they bring to Apple. We are pleased to offer full-time and part-time employees very strong compensation and benefits, including healthcare, tuition reimbursement, new parental leave, paid family leave, annual stock grants and many other benefits.”
The Towson store plans to file filings with the National Labor Relations Board later this month. Associates at this particular store in Towson Mall coordinate with the a union primarily representing the aerospace and defense industries.
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