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Apple workers vote to join union, a first for the tech giant in US

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Apple workers in Maryland have voted by a nearly two-to-one margin to join a union, becoming the first retail employees of the tech giant to unionize in the United States.More than 100 workers in Towson near Baltimore voted 65-33 on Saturday to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the union said.The local workers, forming the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (Core), “have the support of a solid majority of our coworkers”, they said in a statement.“This is something we do not [do] to go against or create conflict with our management,” they said.An Apple spokesperson, responding to a request for comment, said by email the company had “nothing to add at this time”.Unionization efforts are gaining momentum at some large US corporations, including Amazon and Starbucks.IAM and the Apple employees who wanted to join said they had sent Apple chief exeutive Tim Cook notice last month that they were seeking to organize a union.

The statement said their driving motivation was to seek “rights we do not currently have”. The IAM international president, Robert Martinez Jr, said in the statement: “I applaud the courage displayed by Core members at the Apple store in Towson for achieving this historic victory.

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