The IAM’s Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (IAM CORE), the first Apple workers to join a union, kicked off formal negotiations last week with Apple management.
The negotiations come on the heels of the historic organizing victory for the retail store employees, by voting to form the first union at the tech giants’ Towson, MD location, last June.
“This is a historic moment for these workers,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “Winning the right to a seat at the table through collective bargaining is the only equalizer working men and women have to better their working lives. They bring to the table with them the backing of every tool at the IAM’s disposal.”
“It is exciting to see these workers empowered,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President David Sullivan. “The courage these new members have shown in joining together to take that first step to organize is inspiring.”
“These new members are ready and have invested a lot of their own time for these negotiations,” said IAM District 4 Directing Business Representative Jay Wadleigh. “The Negotiating Committee also spent a week at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center preparing for negotiations with the tools to get the job done.”