President Biden praises Maryland Apple employees for unionizing

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US President Joe Biden said this morning he was “proud” of Apple employees in Maryland who voted to unionize over the weekend, reports Reuters, Although other Apple retail stores are discussing unionization, Maryland employees are the first Apple retail employees to unionize in the United States.

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“Workers have the right to determine under what circumstances they will or will not work,” Biden told reporters. He said that “everyone is better, even the final product is better”, referring to unionisation.

More than 100 employees of an Apple Store in Towson, Maryland took part in the unionization vote, which took place from last Wednesday to last Saturday. 65 workers voted in favor of joining the Machinists’ Union, while 33 voted against it. The votes would need to be verified by the National Labor Relations Board, a process that could take about a week, and then Apple would begin talks with the union.

Apple Store employees in Maryland want better working conditions and pay. “The decision to unionize is up to us because workers have access to rights that we don’t currently have,” Towson’s organizers said in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Apple has resisted unionization efforts, but the Maryland store’s unionization vote may encourage other stores that are discussing unionization to continue. In May, Apple’s head of retail, Deirdre O’Brien, attempted to thwart employee unionization efforts through a video sent to retail stores.

O’Brien said a union would make it more difficult for Apple to implement “immediate and sweeping change” and “could make it more difficult”. [Apple] act quickly to address things” that employees bring up.

Amid unionization efforts, Apple said it would improve working conditions for retail employees. Apple plans to ensure that employees have at least 12 hours between each shift, up from the current minimum of 10 hours. Employees will no longer be required to work more than three days a week after 8:00 p.m., unless they choose to work late shifts, and will now be required to work five consecutive days, excluding holidays and prime days. shall not be prescribed for working more than days. product launches.

In February, Apple also increased the number of paid sick days available, began offering more vacation days and increased parental leave time. Apple retail stores in Washington state, New York and Atlanta have also moved toward unionization, with employees demanding higher pay, better retirement options and more vacation time.

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