What you need to know
- The Cumberland Mall Apple Store will hold a union election on June 2.
- Around 70% of its workers have signed authorization cards in support of unionization.
- If it goes through, the store will be the first in the United States to unionize.
The first Apple Store in the United States could be unionized as soon as June.
As reported by The Verge, Apple Store employees at the Cumberland Mall location have reached an agreement with the company to hold a union election on June 2. The outlet obtained a copy of the stipulated election agreement which spelled out employees' efforts to organize with the Communications Workers of America.
The news comes as the third Apple Store in the United States launched a unionization effort. Earlier today, it was reported that Apple Store employees at the Towson Town Center store in Maryland were also organizing. Workers at Grand Central Terminal in New York City also have an organizing effort going.
According to the report, Apple attempted to push the election until July but that was shot down by the CWA. Workers hope that, through unionizing, they will be able to push for better pay, career development, and benefits.
The election will reportedly begin on June 2 and run through June 4. It will be held in person and all regular full and part-time workers will be eligible. The New York Times reports that about 70% of the staff have signed authorization cards in support of the union.
If the vote goes through, the Atlanta-based Apple Store will be the first in the United States to unionize.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.