On April 20th, employees at an Apple Inc. (AAPL) store in Atlanta filed a petition to hold a union election aiming to become Amazon’s first united State store to unionize especially at this time when there is a wave of labor activity at big companies.
Citing a news release issued by the union and employees involved, the efforts at the Apple store in Cumberland Mall is backed by the Communications Workers of America.
“More than 70% of the more than 100 workers eligible to join the union in sales, technical, creative and operations roles signed cards expressing a desire to organize,” said the union.
“We work hard at Apple because we really believe in the products and the company and we want to make sure that every Apple worker is able to afford quality housing and basic living expenses,” said an Apple employee, Elli Daniels.
Through its spokesperson, the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) confirmed that its Atlanta office had received the union petition on April 20.
Unionizing efforts seems to be gaining momentum at a fast rate in some United States based multinationals like Amazon Inc. (AMZN) and Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) whose workers have been making headlines on taking similar moves.