Apple has agreed with Apple Store employees in Atlanta to schedule a union election on June 2, according to documents provided to The Verge. If the vote succeeds, the workers will be the first in the company to unionize.
The employees voting next month work at the Apple Store in Atlanta’s Cumberland Mall. They were the first of the company’s workers to, though workers at other Apple Store locations have had their own union drives, including in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal and Towson Town Center in Maryland, according to The Verge.
Apple employees pushing for unionization posted a public letter of what they’re seeking, including higher pay, better career development options and enforcement of health and safety protocols, according to The Verge.
Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Other tech companies have seen an uptick in unionization efforts. Google employees beganin early 2021, though its 900-plus member roster represents under 1% of parent company Alphabet’s total workforce. Those efforts spread to a group of contractors in Missouri who became the first Google Fiber workers to , signing up with AWU.
Workers in Amazon warehouses had several big union pushes in April. Those in a Staten Island, New York, location voted to become the first US workers at the company to, while workers in Alabama have , though hundreds of challenged ballots have left the final decision uncertain. Days ago, a separate Staten Island .
Big tech companies have continued to resist unionization — Amazon isfor the unionized Staten Island warehouse — but the continued efforts by the Apple retail employees suggest more collective bargaining to come.