41.4 F
Dallas
Friday, January 27, 2023
** Preferred Partner - click for more info **Red Flag Reputation

Apple workers in Oklahoma vote to unionize in 2nd labor win

CRIME STOPPERS. NEW TONIGHT AT 10 O’CLOCK THE APPLE STORE AT PENN SQUARE MALL COULD BE THE FIRST IN THE NATION TO JOIN A UNION WORKERS THERE SAY THEY WANT BETTER PAY AND WORKING CONDITIONS AND ARE JOINING TOGETHER FOR THIS CAUSE CASIO ZACHARYL IS LIVE WITH US HERE IN STUDIO TONIGHT ZACH. HOW CLOSE ARE THEY TO GETTING THIS DONE? WELL, ABBY JUST WORKERS THERE SAY THAT THIS PROCESS IS MOVING RIGHT ALONG AND RIGHT NOW THEY DO BELIEVE THEY HAVE THE NUMBERS TO SEE THIS EFFORT TO UNIONIZE THROUGH. WE REALLY HOPE THAT THIS BRINGS A BETTER WORK ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR ENTIRE TEAM WORKERS AT THE APPLE STORE IN PENN SQUARE MALL PETITIONING THIS WEEK TO UNIONIZE THEIR STORE. THEY FILED WITH THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD AND ARE NOW SEEKING A VOTE TO JOIN THE COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA UNION IS THAT WE ARE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD INTO THE NEXT PROCESS OF ACTUALLY VOTING TO HAVE UNION REPRESENTATION AND OUR STORE, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY IT MEANS THAT WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO SAY THAT WE WANT TO HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE IN NEGOTIATING OUR EXPERIENCE HERE AT APPLE LEAH BRISCO WORKS AT THE STORE AND IS ONE OF THE LEADERS OF THIS MOVEMENT. SHE SAYS IN ORDER TO CHANGE THE CWA, THEY NEED 30% OF THEIR WORKERS IN FAVOR OF MOVING FORWARD WITH YOU PRESENTATION RIGHT NOW. SHE ESTIMATES THEY HAVE SUPPORT FROM ABOUT 70% OF THE WORKERS. WE WILL ALL COME TOGETHER FOR THE OFFICIAL VOTE AND THAT WILL DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT WE DO SUCCEED WITH HAVING UNION REPRESENTATION AT THE STORE IF THE VOTE IS SUCCESSFUL IT WOULD MAKE THE PENN SQUARE. APPLE STORE THE FIRST AND THE NATION TO JOIN THE CWA AND THE SECOND APPLE STORE TO UNIONIZE AND WE REALLY HOPE THAT THAT INSPIRES CHANGE FOR MANY OTHERS OUT THERE WHO ARE A PART OF THE LABOR FORCE AND MAKING THINGS HAPPEN IN AMERICA TODAY WORKERS PAT SEVERAL OTHER COMPANIES ACROSS THE US HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR UNION EFFORTS FROM AMAZON STARBUCKS TRADER JOE’S AND CHIPOTLE. WE HAVE SEEN A RESURGENT IN THE LABOR MOVEMENT ACROSS AMERICA BRISCO DID NOT HAVE A TIMELINE AND WHEN A FINAL VOTE WILL BE HELD ON THE ISSUE, BUT SAID NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS CUSTOMERS WILL STILL HAVE A GREAT APPLE EXPERIENCE. WE’RE ALL VERY DEDICATED TO OUR JOBS AND THAT JOB IS TO SHOW UP TO WORK AND DO OUR VERY BEST FOR OUR TEAM MEMBERS AND OUR CUSTOMERS AND REGARDLESS OF UNIONIZATION. WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT. THAT IS WHO WHO WE ARE AT OUR CORE. AND I DID REACH OUT TO APPLE FOR

Apple workers in Oklahoma vote to unionize in 2nd labor win

The vote on Friday signaled another win for the labor movement

Workers at an Apple store in Oklahoma City voted to unionize, marking the second unionized Apple store in the U.S. in a matter of months, according to the federal labor board.The vote on Friday signaled another win for the labor movement, which has been gaining momentum since the pandemic.Fifty-six workers at the store, located at Oklahoma City’s Penn Square Mall, voted to be represented by The Communications Workers of America, while 32 voted against it, according to a preliminary tally by National Labor Relations Board. The approximate number of eligible voters was 95, the board said.The labor board said Friday that both parties have five business days to file objections to the election. If no objections are filed, the results will be certified, and the employer must begin bargaining in good faith with the union.The union victory follows a vote to unionize an Apple store in Towson, Maryland, in June. That effort was spearheaded by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Maryland, which is preparing to begin formal negotiations. In a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Saturday, Apple said, “We believe the open, direct and collaborative relationship we have with our valued team members is the best way to provide an excellent experience for our customers, and for our teams.” Apple also cited “strong compensation and exceptional benefits,” and noted that since 2018, it has increased starting rates in the U.S. by 45% and made significant improvements in other benefits, including new educational and family support programs.The Communications Workers of America could not be immediately reached for comment.Worker discontent has invigorated the labor movements at several major companies in the U.S. in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which triggered tensions over sick leave policies, scheduling, and other issues.In a surprise victory, Amazon workers at a Staten Island warehouse voted in favor of unionizing in April, though similar efforts at other warehouses so far have been unsuccessful. Voting for an Amazon facility near Albany, New York, began on Wednesday and is expected go through Monday. Well over 200 U.S. Starbucks stores have voted to unionize over the past year, according to the NLRB.

Workers at an Apple store in Oklahoma City voted to unionize, marking the second unionized Apple store in the U.S. in a matter of months, according to the federal labor board.

The vote on Friday signaled another win for the labor movement, which has been gaining momentum since the pandemic.

Fifty-six workers at the store, located at Oklahoma City’s Penn Square Mall, voted to be represented by The Communications Workers of America, while 32 voted against it, according to a preliminary tally by National Labor Relations Board. The approximate number of eligible voters was 95, the board said.

The labor board said Friday that both parties have five business days to file objections to the election. If no objections are filed, the results will be certified, and the employer must begin bargaining in good faith with the union.

The union victory follows a vote to unionize an Apple store in Towson, Maryland, in June. That effort was spearheaded by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Maryland, which is preparing to begin formal negotiations.

In a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Saturday, Apple said, “We believe the open, direct and collaborative relationship we have with our valued team members is the best way to provide an excellent experience for our customers, and for our teams.”

Apple also cited “strong compensation and exceptional benefits,” and noted that since 2018, it has increased starting rates in the U.S. by 45% and made significant improvements in other benefits, including new educational and family support programs.

The Communications Workers of America could not be immediately reached for comment.

Worker discontent has invigorated the labor movements at several major companies in the U.S. in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which triggered tensions over sick leave policies, scheduling, and other issues.

In a surprise victory, Amazon workers at a Staten Island warehouse voted in favor of unionizing in April, though similar efforts at other warehouses so far have been unsuccessful. Voting for an Amazon facility near Albany, New York, began on Wednesday and is expected go through Monday. Well over 200 U.S. Starbucks stores have voted to unionize over the past year, according to the NLRB.

Source

Related Articles

Latest Articles