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AppleCORE Becomes the Latest Union Movement Across the Industries

Maryland witnesses the latest union movement in Apple
Maryland witnesses the latest union movement in Apple

In a major victory for workers, the fight to have fair treatment at work has seen some big successes in recent days.

After Amazon and Starbucks employees formed unions, it seems Apple has its own cracks with store employees voting on organizing their own union.

On Wednesday, Apple’s employees will be voting on whether or not they want to unionize. The Towson center provides an opportunity for them to do so since it is located in a vacant lot where their current location stands.

The polls will be open between Wednesday and Saturday at selected times, with the count happening on Saturday evening.

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In a show of solidarity, union organizers have created AppleCORE (Apple Coalition of Organized Retail Employees).

The organization also has support from both the International Association of Machines as well as Aerospace Workers trade union.

The AppleCore organizers were not alone as other stores have been trying to get a union vote for months now.

In Atlanta, they pulled their petition in April, but there is hope at Grand Central Terminal Station in New York City where employees are organizing.

The workers at AppleCORE have been fighting for access to their own wages. In a bold move that surprised many, the group wrote an open letter addressing CEO Tim Cook in May, detailing how they felt without any rights in regards to payment or treatment from employers.

For seven years, a worker-organizer has been working at the Towson store and wants to unionize so they can have a seat at their table, the Washington Post reported.

“More money is nice,” the employer shared. “But it’s really about agency.”

The company has stood by its commitment to provide employees with benefits including paid time off and retirement accounts.

“We are fortunate to have incredible retail team members, and we deeply value everything they bring to Apple,” the statement wrote. “We are pleased to offer very strong compensation and benefits for full time and part time employees, including health care,tuition reimbursement, new parental leave, paid family leave, annual stock grants, and many other benefits.”

Apple announced that it will be raising the minimum wage for workers in America to $22 per hour.

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