Maryland Apple Stores Union vote marks latest of labor campaigns

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / JUNE 13

    The Activision Blizzard booth is shown at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Video game workers at a division of Activision Blizzard voted to unionize in May, creating the first union at a major US video game company after a vote affecting a small group of quality assurance testers based in Wisconsin. Call of Duty developer Raven Software, which is a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, formed a syndicate with 19 “yes” votes.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS / FEB. 16

    Michelle Eisen, barista at the Buffalo, NY, Elmwood Starbucks, assists local Starbucks United workers, local Starbucks employees, as they gather at a local union hall to vote on whether or not to unionize in Mesa, En Arizona. In December, a Starbucks store in Buffalo became the first to unionize at one of the company-owned U.S. stores. At least 150 of the 9,000 U.S. stores run by Starbucks have voted to unionize since then, according to the National Labor Relations Board, and at least 10 stores have rejected the union.

On Saturday, workers at Apple stores in a suburb of Baltimore voted to unionize by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. Here’s a look at other organizing campaigns in recent months:

STARBUCKS

In December, a Starbucks store in Buffalo became the first to unionize at one of the company-owned U.S. stores. At least 150 of the 9,000 U.S. stores run by Starbucks have voted to unionize since then, according to the National Labor Relations Board, and at least 10 stores have rejected the union.

AMAZON

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. But a second Staten Island warehouse rejected a union offer about a month later.

ALPHABET

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 group last year formed the Alphabet Workers Union, which represents around 800 Google employees and is led by five people under the age of 35. Alphabet is the parent company of Google.

REI

Workers at a New York outpost of outdoor clothing and gear retailer REI voted overwhelmingly in March to join a union, the first REI store to do so. Seattle-based REI has more than 170 locations in 41 states and Washington, D.C.

BLIZZARD ACTIVISION

Video game workers at a division of game publisher Activision Blizzard voted to unionize in May, creating the first union at a major US video game company after a vote affecting a small group of game testers. quality assurance based in Wisconsin. Call of Duty developer Raven Software, which is a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, formed a syndicate with 19 “yes” votes.