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Union negotiations efforts at Apple’s Towson, Maryland, retail store are going ‘very, very slow’

Workers at the first unionized Apple retail store in the US are preparing for a strike sanction vote to address unresolved issues with management, reports AppleInsider.

Apple may not be negotiating its contract with unionized employees in Towson, Maryland, in good faith. Jay Wadleigh, who is leading contract negotiations on behalf of the International Association of Machinists union, told The Baltimore Banner. contract talks with Apple have been “very, very slow.”

The Towson store became the first in the nation to organize, with workers voting to form a union in June last year. Wadleigh said the union was prepared to begin bargaining in November, but agreed with the company to postpone until January to get through the holiday season, according to The Baltimore Banner.

This follows complaints Apple’s unionized retail store in Towson, Maryland filing a complaint last November with the National Labor Relations Board after it was excluded from some benefits, reports Bloomberg.

In October 2022, Apple announced plans to offer employees additional funds for education and new health care features in some states. However, unionized employees at the Towson, Maryland Apple retail store won’t receive these benefits.

Towson workers must negotiate benefits with Apple through the union. As noted by MacRumors, Apple’s head of retail, Deirdre O’Brien, warned employees about such situations in anti-union messaging sent out in May.

In June 2022, Reuters reported that Apple won’t challenge the results of a vote by workers at its Towson, Maryland, store to join a labor union and intends to participate in the bargaining process “in good faith.”

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.