Apple Store in Maryland begins union talks in early 2023

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Union members from the newly formed Apple Store in Maryland have set dates for official talks with Apple executives regarding employee benefits, pay scales and more.

In June, Towson Apple employees voted to join the International Association of Aerospace and Machinists (IAM), and members were trained on a variety of trade union topics.

In a statement seen by AppleInsider, IAM and Apple agreed to set dates for collective bargaining negotiations that will not affect this year's busy shopping season. Negotiations begin on January 11, 2023 and continue on January 12, January 31, February 1 and February 2.

“Our IAM CORE negotiating team has worked hard to sit at the negotiating table with the largest company in the world,” said David Sullivan, general vice president of IAM Eastern Territory. “The goal of our members is to secure the first contract that will allow them to work alongside Apple and its leadership as equals in a spirit of collaboration and collaboration. I am grateful to Apple CEO Tim Cook and his team for respecting and agreeing with this process. dates of negotiations.

Benefit Talks

According to an October report, Apple is about to reveal new educational and health benefits for employees and will apply to everyone except the unionized store, at least for now. However, according to the union agreement, these members must negotiate with Apple for benefits.

The benefits leak includes Apple paying upfront for studying abroad instead of using the reimbursement program, free memberships to Coursera, and some employees receiving new location-based health plans. Apple Stores in New York, Georgia, Washington, and New Jersey are expected to receive new health care plans.

Other Apple stores have mixed results

< p> Various Apple Stores around the world are also working on unionization, while others are not. In September, Apple agreed to talks with Australian unions after they asked the country's Fair Work Commission to intervene.

Apple's proposal to the Australian Fair Labor Commission includes a minimum wage rate of 17% above the remuneration rate, not counting weekend penalties. Staff will receive higher wages after 20:00 local time. Previously, higher rates started for work after 22:00.

Meanwhile, the Apple retail store at St. Louis Galleria Mall withdrew its bid to form a union, accusing the company of being hostile to such efforts. IAM also tried to represent employees at this location, but withdrew their petition.

And in May, the Atlanta store dropped its petition, accusing Apple of illegal anti-union tactics. Communications Workers of America planned to represent their employees there.

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