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Apple Retail Store at St. Louis Galleria Mall has dropped the idea of a union, accusing the company of being hostile to such efforts.
On November 16, the International Association of Aerospace and Machinists Association applied to represent the interests of Apple Store employees in St. Louis. The group already represents employees at the Apple Towson Town Center in Maryland.
But a Bloomberg report on Wednesday said the IAM had withdrawn its petition to form unions. According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Apple Store in question is located in the St. Louis Galleria.
“IAM will continue to enforce all labor laws and remains hopeful that Apple employees will receive the respect and dignity they deserve,” the group said in a statement.
IAM also petitioned the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of the St. Louis store. In the petition, Apple accused Apple of requiring workers to attend a closed meeting with an audience and threatening retaliation if employees voted to unionize.
The St. Louis store is the second Apple retail store to abandon unionization efforts. In May 2022, the Atlanta store retracted its petition, accusing Apple of illegal anti-union suppression tactics. America's communications workers planned to represent their employees there.
Eventually, Apple's tactics prevented union elections from being held at a store in St. Louis. “Apple has chosen to disenfranchise its employees and their right to enjoy the benefits of a union,” IAM said.
Elsewhere, employees at Apple's Oklahoma store successfully voted to unionize in October, becoming the second store in the US after Maryland's Towson Center. This union is part of America's communications workers.