The second unionised Apple store in the United States was established on Friday when workers at an Oklahoma City location of the company decided to unionise.
Apple, which has opposed national unionisation efforts, has lost the vote. After separate unionisation attempts at stores in Georgia and New York City failed, Communications Workers of America was successful in gaining representation for the staff at an Apple store.
There were 56 votes in favour and 32 votes against. There were about 94 employees that may join CWA. Earlier this week, elections were held.
Sara Steffens, secretary-treasurer of the CWA, stated in a statement that “the Penn Square Apple retail workers are an outstanding contribution to our growing labour movement, and we are happy to welcome them as CWA members.”
Apple said in a statement that it has increased its starting wages in the United States by 45% since 2018. “We believe the open, direct, and collaborative relationship we have with our valued team members is the best way to provide an excellent experience for our customers, and for our teams,” Apple added.
The ballots will be certified by the National Labor Relations Board next week. After that, Apple must negotiate employment terms with the union.
According to a CWA filing from earlier this month, Apple opposed the union, with management allegedly holding anti-union meetings and threatening to withhold benefits from stores that unionised.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Maryland, which represents Apple’s first unionised U.S. store, is getting ready to start formal discussions with the company. According to Bloomberg News, Apple informed the workers that certain benefits, like access to online courses or tuition prepayment, would have to be negotiated with the union.
One of the most valuable firms in the world, Apple reported global revenues of more than $365 billion in 2021. There are roughly 270 of them in the US.