Workers at the Apple store in Atlanta to hold the first US union election According to Reuters
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Apple logo is seen at the Apple Store in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. October 23, 2020. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid
By Julia Love and Tiyashi Datta
(Reuters) – Workers at an Apple Inc (NASDAQ:) store in Atlanta on Wednesday filed a request to hold a union election, seeking to become the company’s first U.S. store to unionize. among the wave of labor at other large companies.
The effort at the Apple store in Cumberland Mall is supported by Communications Workers of America, according to a news release released by the union and workers involved in the effort. More than 70% of the more than 100 workers eligible to join the union – with sales, engineering, creative and operations roles – signed cards expressing their desire to organize, the union said.
A spokesman for the US National Labor Relations Board confirmed that the agency’s Atlanta office received the union’s petition on Wednesday. If certain conditions are met, the NLRB works with the union and the employer to arrange an election.
“We work hard at Apple because we truly believe in the products and the company, and we want to make sure that every Apple worker can afford quality housing and a low cost of living.” basic activities,” Elli Daniels, an Apple worker, a member of the union. said in a statement.
Apple did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
News of the petition was first reported by Bloomberg Law.
Consolidation efforts are gaining momentum at several major US corporations including Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:) and Starbucks Corp (NASDAQ:).
Apple is known for its tight-lipped culture, but last year some current and former workers began criticizing the company’s working conditions online, using the hashtag #AppleToo.