The most significant labor campaign at a major company in recent months was a vote by Apple store employees in a Baltimore suburb.
On Saturday, the majority of Apple shop employees in a Baltimore suburb chose to unionize. Here are some examples of recent unionization initiatives from various industries:
At a company-owned Starbucks location in the United States, a Buffalo location became the first to unionize in December. The National Labor Relations Board reports that since then, at least 150 of Starbucks’ 9,000 company-run U.S. stores have voted to unionize, and at least 10 stores have rejected the union.
The first successful unionization attempt by Amazon in the United States was made in April by workers in Staten Island, New York. A month later, though, a second Staten Island warehouse turned down a union proposal.
A union was officially announced by a group of Google engineers and other employees in January, giving the labor movement a rare footing in the tech sector. Around 800 Google employees are represented by the union, which was founded by the corporation last year and is led by five individuals under the age of 35. Google’s parent business is Alphabet.
The first REI shop to vote in favor of unionization was in New York City, where employees of the outdoor gear and clothing retailer REI work. With more than 170 sites in 41 states and Washington, D.C., REI is a Seattle-based company.
After a vote involving a small number of Wisconsin-based quality assurance testers, video game employees at a branch of game publisher Activision Blizzard decided to unionize in May, founding the first labor union at a significant American video game corporation. With 19 “yes” votes, Raven Software, a division of Activision Blizzard and the creator of Call of Duty, established a union.
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