Maryland Apple Stores Union vote marks latest of labor campaigns

On Saturday, workers at Apple stores in suburban Baltimore voted to unionize by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. Here’s a look at other organizing drives in recent months:


In December, a Starbucks store in Buffalo became the first to unionize at one of the company-owned U.S. stores. At least 150 of the 9,000 U.S. stores run by Starbucks have voted to unionize since then, according to the National Labor Relations Board, and at least 10 stores have rejected the union.


Amazon workers in Staten Island, New York, voted to unionize in April, marking the first successful U.S. organizing effort in the retail giant’s history. But a second Staten Island warehouse rejected a union offer about a month later.


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


Workers at a New York outpost of outdoor clothing and gear retailer REI voted overwhelmingly in March to join a union, the first REI store to do so. Seattle-based REI has more than 170 locations in 41 states and Washington, D.C.


Video game workers at a division of game publisher Activision Blizzard voted to unionize in May, creating the first union at a major US video game company after a vote affecting a small group of game testers. quality assurance based in Wisconsin. Call of Duty developer Raven Software, which is a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, formed a syndicate with 19 “yes” votes.

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