Apple will work “in good faith” with staff in Maryland who have become the company’s first US employees to unionize.
The company has acknowledge the vote by the works and is now willing to work with them.
The staff are following moves by other staff at companies like Amazon and Starbucks to form unions.
Last Monday, over two-thirds of employees at the Apple store in Towson, Maryland, united as the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (CORE), decided to form a union.
The victorious vote followed the cancellation of another planned poll in Georgia earlier this year.
Apple aims to bargain in “good faith” with the store, which is the first of Apple’s roughly 270 US locations to do so.
Employees in Maryland chose to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).
David Sullivan, vice president of the union’s eastern zone stated members “look forward to bargaining with Apple and obtaining a strong first contract that makes positive changes for Apple workers and the customers they are proud to serve.”
Companies have reacted to employee organizing attempts in different ways.
Amazon opposed the outcome of a unionization effort in a New York City warehouse.
While Microsoft President Brad Smith stated in a blog post earlier this month that his corporation will not oppose employee organizing initiatives.
Workers at an Apple store in Georgia planned to vote on unionization earlier this year, but the ballot was canceled, prompting union executives to file a complaint saying that Apple intimidated its employees.
Currently, two more Apple stores in New York are attempting to form labor unions.