Workers at first Apple retail store file to unionize

APPLE RETAIL workers in Atlanta, Ga., are organizing to form a union with CWA. – CWA photo

Retail workers at the Apple Cumberland Mall store in Atlanta, Ga., filed with the National Labor Relations Board April 20 for a union election to join the Communication Workers of America (CWA). They are the first Apple retail workers in the United States to seek formal recognition for their union.

The newly formed union includes Apple salespeople, technicians, creatives, and operations specialists. Currently, over 70 percent of the group of more than 100 eligible workers have signed union authorization cards.

“We welcome the workers who are organizing at Apple and call on the company’s management to reject union-busting tactics so that they can vote without interference or intimidation,” said Ed Barlow, President of CWA Local 3204 in Atlanta.

“These workers have been indispensable during the pandemic, and the high level of service and support they provide is critical to Apple’s success,” Barlow said. “By having a union voice, they will be able to negotiate lasting improvements to their working conditions.”

The Apple workers’ effort to form a union represents the latest in a recent wave of organizing victories across the country in various industries including Verizon Wireless, Google Fiber, Starbucks, Amazon, and others.



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