Apple workers in Maryland are reportedly taking steps to unionize

Workers at a Apple store in Maryland are taking steps to unionize, according to The Washington Post. It is the third store to attempt a campaign, starting a potential union battle with Apple.

Organizers al Location of the Towson Mall, which is located near Baltimore, told the outlet that they are coordinating with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The group has the signatures of more than 65 percent of employees who are likely to be eligible to vote, according to the Washington Post.

The group would organize itself as the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees, or AppleCore, the outlet said. They informed Apple CEO Tim Cook of their plans and plan to file the documents with the National Labor Relations Board in the coming days, according to the Post.

Worker activism has increased since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the nation in early 2020, leading to a strained labor market. Workers took the moment to demand higher wages and better benefits.

Last month, the Apple retail store in the Cumberland Mall in Atlanta, Georgia became the first to deposit for trade union elections. So are the workers at Apple’s main retail store Grand Central Terminal in New York City take action unionize.

AppleCore calls for greater bargaining power over coronavirus precautions, pay and schedules, the store said. Officials said it while Apple’s revenue has grown rapidly, the company has been slow to raise pay, according to the post.

An Apple spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In response to earlier unionization efforts in Atlanta, the company disclosed its current employee benefits.

“We are delighted to offer very high compensation and benefits for full-time and part-time employees, including health care, tuition reimbursement, new parental leave, paid family leave, annual share grants and many other benefits,” he said. a spokesperson.

Read the full Washington Post report.