Employees at Apple Stores in Maryland face challenges after voting to unionize, according to NPR

Employees at Apple Stores in Maryland face challenges after voting to unionize, according to NPR

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  • It’s not yet clear whether the recent wave of unionizations represent a broader shift in U.S. labor. But experts say the current shortage of workers for hourly and low-wage jobs means employees have more power than they had historically, especially when unemployment is low. Starbucks workers drive nationwide surge in union organizing. Starbucks workers drive nationwide surge in union organizing. “It’s not that big a deal to lose one of these jobs because you can get another crummy job,” said Ruth Milkman, labor scholar at the City University of New York.

  • Employees at an Apple store in Maryland voted to unionise for the first time, marking a key step forward in a lengthy process that labour experts say is highly skewed against workers and in favour of their bosses. Employees at an Apple store in a Baltimore suburb voted nearly 2-to-1 to unionise on Saturday, joining a rising movement in the retail, service, and tech industries in the United States to organise for better working rights.

The Apple retail workers in Towson, Md., voted 65-33 to seek entry into the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the union’s announcement said. The National Labor Relations Board now has to certify the outcome. A spokesperson referred initial queries about the vote to the board’s regional office, which was closed late Saturday. The board did not immediately respond to an Associated Press message on Sunday.

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