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Retail workers at Apple’s Cumberland Mall location in Atlanta will hold an in-person union election in June.
According to a union election notice filed by the National Labor Relations Board and reviewed by FOX Business, all regular full-time and part-time retail employees at the store who were employed during the payroll period ending April 24 will be eligible to vote from June 2 through June 4.
The employees, who are seeking representation from the Communications Workers of America, filed for the election with the NLRB in April after over 70% of the location’s more than 100 eligible employees signed union authorization cards. If the workers are successful, the Cumberland Mall store would become Apple's first unionized retail location.
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The employees are demanding cost of living adjustments and "real living wages," benefits and bonuses in-line with Apple’s corporate employees, more diverse management and more access to career development opportunities.
They are also seeking support for their mental and physical health and for team members with disabilities or accessibility needs, better enforcement of policies to protect employees’ safety, opportunities for paid volunteer work and flexibility for civic participation and an influential role in decision-making to ensure the store’s daily operations match Apple’s publicly-stated values.
"Our vision is to create an environment where Apple’s retail workers are compensated fairly, heard genuinely, and treated justly, and to enrich the workplace by building a foundation of care and trust, both for ourselves and our customers," Apple Product Zone worker and union member Elli Daniels said in a statement. "At a company worth trillions, no worker should be struggling to live due to poor pay and lackluster benefits. Together, we can build an Apple that lives up to our shared values."
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In addition to the Cumberland Mall store, Apple’s retail workers at Grand Central Terminal in New York City have started collecting signatures to file for a union election. At least 30% of the location's workers must sign the union cards in order to file an election petition with the NLRB.
The group, known as Fruit Stand Workers United, voted on Feb. 21 to affiliate with the Workers United labor union. They are seeking minimum pay of $30 per hour, increased tuition reimbursement, faster accrued and more vacation time, and better retirement options, including higher match rates for 401(k) and enrollment into pension plans. In addition, they are looking to have research conducted into security protocols with customer interactions, track dust, health effects from building materials and noise pollution at Grand Central.