Apple Store workers approve union, the first in the U.S.

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from The Washington Post,

Apple workers in the Baltimore area voted to join a union Saturday, becoming the first of the tech giant’s U.S. retail stores to do so.

The vote means workers at the Towson, Md., store plan to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) once a contract is ratified. Saturday evening’s vote count was 65 to 33, a nearly 2-to-1 margin.

Last month, the workers and IAM sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook of their intent to organize as the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees — or AppleCore for short.

This vote is part of an organizing wave sweeping the nation as workers increasingly band together to demand higher pay, better benefits and more negotiating leverage with their employers during the pandemic.

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