Thursday, March 23, 2023

The Latest in Maryland Apple Store Union Votes Mark Labor Drives

Apple Store employees in a Baltimore suburb voted Saturday to unionize by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. Take a look at other unionization campaigns from the past several months:


In December, a Starbucks The store in Buffalo became the first store to unionize into one of the coffee retailer’s company-owned US stores. Since then, at least 150 of Starbucks’ 9,000 company-run U.S. stores have voted to unionize, and at least 10 stores have declined to unionize, according to the National Labor Relations Board.


Amazon employees Staten Island, in New York, voted in April to form the union, the first successful US organizing effort in the retail giant’s history. But a second Staten Island warehouse rejected the union bid nearly a month later.


In January, a group of Google engineers and other employees announced that they had formed a union, A rare foothold for the labor movement in the tech industry. The group formed last year the Alphabet Workers Union, which represents about 800 Google employees and is run by five people under 35. Alphabet is the parent company of Google.


Seller of outerwear and accessories REI . Staff of the New York City Outpost Voted overwhelmingly in March to join a consortium, the first REI store to do so. Seattle-based REI has over 170 locations in 41 states and Washington, D.C.

Activity Blizzard

video game worker Activision Blizzard, a division of the game publisher, voted to unionize in May, the first labor union at a large US video game company after a vote affecting a small group of Wisconsin-based quality assurance testers. Call of Duty developer Raven Software, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, formed a consortium with 19 “yes” votes.

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