Apple workers at Oklahoma City location vote to unionize
Apple Store employees at an Oklahoma City location became the second store in the nation to unionize, according to reports.
“We have been helping these workers to unionize through a project that we have called ‘Code CWA,’ which supports workers in tech and games,” Beth Allen, the Communications Director for Communications Workers of America, told FOX 25.
The group calls itself the Penn Square Labor Alliance because the retail location is at Penn Square Mall. The employees made the vote to unionize Friday night.
“Now that we’ve won the election, it is our hope that management will come to the table so that we may collectively work towards building a company that prioritizes workers over profit, and encourages employees to thrive,” Charity Lassiter, Technical expert and member of Apple Retail Union/CWA, said in a statement.
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Around 100 employees are eligible for union membership in the store, Engadget reports. Now that the majority voted to unionize, the next step would be to begin negotiating for a collective bargaining agreement.
The technology blog says previous reports indicated Apple was finding ways to discourage workers from unionizing.
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“Bloomberg reported that the tech giant is offering its employees new perks, such as additional health benefits and funding for educational opportunities. However, the tech giant will reportedly withhold those benefits from unionized members who’ll now have to negotiate for them,” the report reads.
The company reportedly gave managers anti-union talking points in the past.
“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. We’re proud to provide our team members with strong compensation and exceptional benefits,” an Apple spokesman said in a statement to The Wall Street Journal.