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Apple Store Workers in Maryland File for Union Election (1)

May 6, 2022, 2:22 PMUpdated: May 6, 2022, 5:40 PM

Workers at an Apple Inc. store near Baltimore have become the second in the nation to file for a union election.

The proposed union would represent 110 workers, according a petition filed with the National Labor Relations Board. Under the law, organizers must show at least 30% support before holding a union election, but organizers told the Washington Post that 65% of the workforce had already signed pro-union cards.

A group of Atlanta Apple store workers will hold the first retail union election at the company starting June 2. Those workers are represented by the Communications Workers of America, while the Maryland workers are working with the International Association of Machinists. A third group of workers is reportedly organizing an Apple store in Manhattan under Workers United, the union behind the recent wave of Starbucks organizing.

“We are fortunate to have incredible retail team members and we deeply value everything they bring,” an Apple spokesman said in a statement. “We are pleased to offer very strong compensation and benefits for full time and part time employees, including health care, tuition reimbursement, new parental leave, paid family leave, annual stock grants and many other benefits.”

(Updated with a statement from Apple in the fourth paragraph.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Ian Kullgren in Washington at ikullgren@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Martha Mueller Neff at mmuellerneff@bloomberglaw.com; Genevieve Douglas at gdouglas@bloomberglaw.com