Oklahoma City Apple Store employees vote to unionize

Employees of an Apple Store in Oklahoma City voted to unionize, Mark another federalized Apple Store In the US in just a few months, according to the Federal Labor Board.

Friday’s vote signaled another victory for the labor movement, which has been gaining momentum since the pandemic.

Fifty-six workers at the store, located in Oklahoma City’s Penn Square Mall, voted to be represented by The Communications Workers of America, while 32 voted against it, according to a preliminary tally by the National Labor Relations Board. The estimated number of eligible voters was 95, the board said.

The Labor Board on Friday said both parties have five working days to file objections to the election. If no objections are filed, the results will be certified, and the employer must begin bargaining in good faith with the union.

The union’s victory follows a vote in June to unionize an Apple store in Towson, Maryland. That effort was spearheaded by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Maryland, which is preparing to begin formal negotiations.

In a statement emailed to the Associated Press on Saturday, Apple said, “We believe that our open, direct and collaborative relationships with our valued team members are the best way to deliver an outstanding experience for our customers and our teams.” way.”

Apple also cited “robust compensation and exceptional benefits” and said that since 2018, it has increased starting rates in the US by 45% and made significant improvements to other benefits, including new educational and family assistance programs.

Communications workers in the US could not be immediately reached for comment.

worker dissatisfaction Labor movements got a boost Several major companies in the US in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has created tensions over sick leave policies, scheduling and other issues.

In a surprise win, Amazon employees at a Staten Island warehouse vote in favor of union In April, however, similar attempts at other warehouses have so far been unsuccessful. Voting for an Amazon facility near Albany, New York, began on Wednesday and is expected to run through Monday.

According to the NLRB, more than 200 U.S. Starbucks stores have voted to unionize over the past year.

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