In another breakthrough on the labor front, 100 workers at an Apple store in Towson, Maryland, voted by a two-to-one margin to unionize. The victory represents a big step for union activists who have been trying for years to make inroads into the retail outlets of the computer corporate behemoth.
The union, the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees, is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). The union it is eager “to get Apple to the table and talk to them about who we are and what we want for out union members,” declared IAM vice president David Sullivan. He said he was getting phone calls from all over the country an the groundbreaking union victory in Maryland.
Union activists are hoping that it is just the beginning of a nationwide push by Apple workers in much the same way that a union victory at a Buffalo, NY, Starbucks store sparked a drive that so far has seen union wins at over 100 Starbucks stores across the country.