Maryland Apple store union vote marks latest in labor drives
*. On Saturday, Apple store employees in Baltimore voted to unionize almost 2-to-1. Here’s a look at other unionization drives of the past several months:
In December, a Starbucks store in Buffalo became the first to unionize at one of the coffee retailer’s company-owned U.S. stores. According to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), at least 150 of the 9 Starbucks ,000 store-run U.S. shops have voted to unionize. At least 10 stores rejected the union.
Amazon workers in Staten Island, New York, voted to unionize in April, marking the first successful U.S. organizing effort in the retail giant’s history. A month later, a second Staten Island warehouse rejected the union bid.
In January, a group of Google engineers and other workers announced they had formed a union, a rare foothold for the labor movement in the tech industry. The Alphabet Workers Union was formed last year by five people who are 35. employees. Alphabet is Google’s parent company.
Workers at a New York City outpost of outdoor clothing and equipment seller REI voted overwhelmingly in March to join a union, the first REI store to do so. Seattle-based REI has more than 170 locations across 41 states and Washington, D.C.
Video game workers at a division of game publisher Activision Blizzard voted to unionize in May, creating the first labor union at a large U.S. video game company after a vote affecting a small group of Wisconsin-based quality assurance testers. Raven Software, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard and Call of Duty developer, has formed a union with 19 votes.
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