(CBS News) — Add Apple to list of top American companies, including Amazonin the face of an incipient push by workers to form a union.
At an Apple store in the Towson Mall near Baltimore, Maryland, labor organizers who have been mobilizing workers for about a year announced their desire to unionize in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday. Workers at two other stores in the $2.6 billion company also filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) requesting a union vote.
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“To be clear, the decision to form a union is about us as workers gaining access to rights that we currently do not have,” the organizers, who call themselves the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees, or CORE, wrote in the letter. .
They also asked the tech giant to “commit not to use its resources to engage in an anti-union campaign to deter us. We ask that you voluntarily acknowledge our union so that we can begin to work together as equals in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.”
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The union drive comes after Apple workers at its Cumberland Mall location in Atlanta in April. Voting is scheduled to begin June 2. Workers at the iPhone maker’s retail store in New York’s Grand Central Terminal have taken the .
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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