Apple Stores Union’s first vote set to begin June 2 in Atlanta
Employees at Apple stores in Atlanta will vote to potentially form the first unionized Apple outlet starting June 2, according to an NLRB filing reviewed by CNBC.
If the organizers are successful, the store would become the first unionized Apple outlet in the United States.
Apple’s Cumberland Mall store in Atlanta filed for unionization in April. To be certified, more than 50% of the store’s approximately 100 eligible employees will need to vote to be represented by the Communications Workers of America.
Organizers previously told CNBC that more than 70% of store employees had signed cards expressing their interest in unionizing.
The election will take place in person and will run from Thursday June 2 to Saturday June 4. Workers cannot mail ballots. The election date represents an important milestone in efforts to unionize the Georgia site.
The stipulated agreement between the NLRB and Apple means there will be no need for a hearing before the scheduled election date and speeds up the process, a CWA representative said.
Organizing efforts at Apple stores are part of a growing wave of workplace activism across the country, as employees demand better wages and working conditions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and to rising inflation.
Organizers at the Cumberland store say their demands include cost-of-living adjustments and “real wages” for employees, as well as increased access to career development and more diverse management.
A separate store in New York is currently collecting signatures as the first step in the process of being represented by Workers United. Employees at Towson Mall in Maryland are also organizing a labor campaign, according to the Washington Post. If successful, they will be represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
“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, grants annual stock benefits and many other benefits,” Apple said in a statement.