Jun 19, 2022 - Technology

Unionization surge reaches Apple

Apple workers at a store in Maryland voted roughly by a 2-to-1 ratio to join a union, becoming the first of the company's employees to choose to do so.

Why it matters: The vote comes as tech workers, who have long eschewed unionization, have been increasingly open to the idea.

Driving the news: In the vote, results of which were announced Saturday, 65 employees at a store in Towson, Maryland, voted to unionize, with 33 voting against, per the New York Times.

Between the lines: While the Maryland workers are the first Apple employees to approve unionization, employees at more than two dozen other stores are considering a similar move, the New York Times reported.

  • Apple and Amazon have actively encouraged workers to reject organizing efforts while Microsoft has said it will support employees who wish to unionize.
  • An Apple representative was not immediately available for comment.
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