The successful vote came after another planned vote in Georgia was called off earlier this year. Apple intends to participate in the bargaining process in “good faith,” the person familiar with the matter said. The Maryland employees voted to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). In a statement, David Sullivan, the union’s eastern territory vice president, said the members “look forward to bargaining with Apple and obtaining a strong first contract that makes positive changes for Apple workers and the customers they are proud to serve.”
A person with knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Friday that Apple Inc. accepts the result of a vote by Maryland store employees to become its first U.S. employees to join a union and is prepared to negotiate with them. is one of a number of significant American businesses whose workforces have taken the step to unionise, with recent union election results at several Starbucks Corp (NASDAQ:SBUX) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Inc. locations. The Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (CORE), which was formed by nearly two-thirds of the staff at the Towson, Maryland, Apple shop, approved union membership last week. Of Apple’s roughly 270 U.S. retail locations, the store is the first to do this.
Companies have responded to employee efforts to organize in different ways. Amazon challenged the outcome of a plan to unionize at a warehouse in New York City, while Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s President Brad Smith said in a blog post earlier this month that his company will not resist efforts by employees to organize. Apple employees at a store in Georgia earlier this year had plans to vote on unionization but canceled the vote, with union officers later filing a complaint alleging Apple intimidated its employees. Employees at two other Apple stores in New York are also considering unionization.