Add Apple to the list of major US companies, including Amazon and Starbucks, that are trading with a growing unified movement among their employees. Employers who have been mobilizing workers for nearly a year announced their intention to join in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday at an Apple store in Towson Store near Baltimore, Maryland. Employees at two more $ 2.6 trillion retail stores have also petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a party vote.
“To be clear, the decision to form a union is about us as workers accessing rights that we do not currently have,” the organizers, who call themselves the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees, or CORE, wrote in a letter. the. They also asked the technology giant “to agree not to use its resources to participate in anti-corporate campaigns to change us. We ask that you volunteer with our team so that we can start working together as equals in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Staff at the Maryland store, including technical experts known as “geniuses,” were assisted in team driving by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. IAM special envoy David DiMaria, the lead organizer of the campaign, said the party plans to merge with the NLRB which demanded elections this week. “Apple has been asked to volunteer with the team, and while we wait for them to respond we will go ahead with the documentation and let the process continue,” DiMaria told CBS MoneyWatch, adding that very hopeful ”that the push-pull operation in the store will succeed.
“In many cases, when most employees say they want a team, the only thing that really stops them is the amount of resources their employer puts in to stop them,” he said. Apple has not yet responded to the team’s letter or indicated if it plans to fight the effort. Apple employees are seeking the right to negotiate for better pay and benefits such as improved COVID-19 security procedures. In general, they want big talk in corporate policies. “They want rights so we are not fixing the problem today, but we can negotiate through five to 10 years from now,” DiMaria said. “It’s about a relative who needs to change, not the symptoms.”
Driving the party came after Apple employees at its Cumberland Mall location in Atlanta in April filed a petition to hold a party election. Voting is scheduled to begin on May 2. Employees at the manufacturer’s iPhone retail store in New York’s Grand Central Terminal have taken the first steps to form a team in April.