According to sources, a working group seeking to represent Apple store employees in Atlanta has dropped its request for a European vote due to fears. The vote, scheduled for May 2, may have resulted in the first unified Apple store in the United States. The announcement comes days after an Apple News executive announced its reserves by merging the company’s retail staff. According to reports, employees at an Apple store in Atlanta dropped their application for a party ballot a few days before setting it up, citing threats from the tech giant.
Retail workers at Apple’s Cumberland Mall store are set to vote on May 2 on whether or not they want to be represented by the American Communications Workers’ Association (CWA). Currently, they are petitioning for a merger, in line with claims from the CWA that “Apple’s breach of the National Service Act has made free and fair elections impossible,” Bloomberg reported.
“The most powerful of the workers at the Cumberland Mall announced that they were forming a team in April and asked for identification from the company,” a CWA official said in a statement, according to CNBC. “Since then, Apple has developed a sophisticated, sophisticated campaign to intimidate them and violate their right to form a party.”
In April, employees at the store became the first company to file for a party election, with more than 70% of employees eligible for party membership cards. If successful, the vote would have entered the first unified Apple store in the US. In the period since then, news reports have pointed to allegations of unilateral medical procedures by Apple. A few days ago, audio recordings showed Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s vice president of retail and personalities, expressing concern about the merger with Apple’s 58,000 retail employees.
“I’re worried about what it would mean to put another organization at the center of our kinship, an organization that has no deep understanding of Apple or our business, and most importantly, one that I do not believe divides our commitment to you,” he said. ‘Brien said, according to the Vice, which published part of the recording.