Apple will not challenge the outcome of its Towson, Maryland workers’ vote, will store to unite and participate in bargaining in good faith, a person familiar with the company’s plans told Reuters on Friday.
Nearly two-thirds of the store’s employees voted to join a union last week, making it the first Apple store in the United States to vote to organize it.
Workers have voted to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). The IAM did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Apple is one of several large American companies whose workforce has joined the union, with some Starbucks and Amazon employees voting for the union in recent months.
A Georgia store earlier this year had planned to vote on the unionization of Apple employees but canceled the vote, with union officials later complaining that Apple intimidated its employees. Employees at two other Apple stores in New York are also considering uniting.
As Bloomberg News quoted a source earlier this month, Apple also made efforts to make work schedules flexible for retail workers in the wake of the push towards unions.
The agency told some store employees that the schedule change would take effect in the coming months, the report quoted employees as saying. Changes will include extending the minimum duration of the transfer from 10 hours to 12 hours.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment by Reuters. A week before that, the iPhone maker told Reuters that they would raise the salary for its US employees by $ 22 (about Rs 1,700) per hour.
Cupertino, a California-based company known for its sensitive culture, was criticized online last year by some current and former employees for its working conditions.
In April, Apple’s Atlanta store workers filed a petition for a union election, seeking to be the company’s first U.S. store to unionize in a wave of labor activity at other major companies.