On Saturday, employees of Apple Inc. in Maryland voted to become members of a union, making them the first retail workers for the technology giant to unionize in the United States.
According to the website of the union, more than one hundred workers in the town of Towson, which is located close to Baltimore, “have decisively decided to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.”
The local employees, who have banded together to establish the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees, stated in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook that they “have the support of a substantial majority of our coworkers.”
“This is something we don’t do to go against or create controversy with our management,” they wrote.
Apple responded to a request for comment from Reuters by email, saying that the company had “nothing to offer at this point.”
Some major American firms, notably Amazon.com Inc and Starbucks Corp., are stepping up their efforts to unionize their workforces.
Apple employees in Atlanta who wanted to unionize abandoned their proposal last month, claiming intimidation.
Some present and ex-Apple employees began using the hashtag #AppleToo last year to express their displeasure with the company’s working conditions.