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Apple Store Workers in Maryland Vote to Strike – NBC4 Washington

Workers at the first unionized Apple Store have now also authorized a first strike against the tech giant’s retail operations.

Apple Store workers in Towson, Maryland, voted late Saturday to authorize a strike, according to a statement from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers’ Coalition of Organized Retail Employees, which represents the workers.

No date for the strike was set. The vote followed what the union called “more than a year of negotiations with Apple management that produced unsatisfactory results.”

According to the statement, workers are seeking changes in what they call “unpredictable” scheduling practices and wages that reflect local costs of living.

“We deeply value our team members and are proud to provide them with industry-leading compensation and exceptional benefits,” Apple said in a spokesperson statement. “As always, we will work respectfully with the union that represents our team in Towson. and in good faith.”

Workers at the store in suburban Baltimore voted to unionize by a nearly 2-1 margin in June 2022, joining growing pressure in America’s retail, service and technology sectors to organize for better workplace protection.