Apple store workers in Oklahoma City vote to join union
Apple workers in Oklahoma City have voted to form the second-ever labor union at one of the company’s US stores. In a tally by the National Labor Relations Board on Friday evening, 56 workers, or 64% of those casting ballots at the Penn Square Mall Apple store, voted to be represented the Communication Workers of America, and 32 voted against it.
Around 88 of a potential 95 workers participated in the vote. The union victory comes four months after Apple store workers in Towson, Maryland, made history by voting to form Apple’s first US unionized location. In late June, the NLRB officially certified the union election win.
Workers in both locations said that they want to unionize to have a better say in how the stores are run. Apple did not directly address the vote results when asked for comment Friday. In a statement, 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.”
One of the members of the organizing committee at the store, Leigha Briscoe told CNN, “We felt like we had the majority support, and as long a people got out and cast their vote, we would win.”