4 Unions Competing for Apple Store Workers – Maryland Apple Workers to Vote June 15th – F35 Jet Instructors Strike

4 Unions are competing to unionize Apple Store workers

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Apple Workers in Maryland Move Forward with Union Election 

Four separate unions have announced plans to organize Apple Store workers across the United States, sparking competition amongst them.

Last week, Apple workers unionizing with CWA filed a petition to hold the first-ever union election at an Apple Store in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Workers in New York City announced their intention to join the SEIU in May.  Meanwhile, Apple stores workers in Louisville and announced plans to unionize with a newly formed independent union. 

Now, Apple store workers, unionizing with the Machinists, are moving forward with a union election at a retail location in Towson, Maryland. The election is set for June 15th and if successful, it would be the first time that Apple store workers have unionized in the US, potentially giving the Machinists an advantage as the competition to unionize Apple Store workers increases. 

For more on unionizing Apple store workers, check out Michael Sainato’s latest in the Guardian 

Lockheed Martin F-35 Pilot Instructors Strike 

At San Diego’s Miramar Air Station, private F-35 Pilot instructors went on strike this week against unfair labor practices. 

“Each instructor here has proudly served our nation’s military in the fighter squadrons across the world and continues to put in countless hours to perfect our craft and ability to instruct at very high levels,” Military Pilot Trainer Ryan Cunningham said in a press release. “We’re asking that Lockheed Martin treat us with the same respect we demonstrate to this company, our military, and specifically this profession, each and every day.”

For more, check out the Machinists webpage 

Sherwin-Williams Workers Strike in Kentucky 

In Bowling Green, Kentucky, Sherwin-Williams workers went on strike on Friday over what they say are hard-nosed bargaining tactics as the company tries to push concessions on workers. Despite bad weather this weekend, workers say that they are determined to hold the line. 

“Riding out the storm out in two ways! Weather & corporate tactics!”, tweeted the Teamsters Local 783 Twitter account over the weekend.  “#Teamsters at the #sherwinwilliams plant in Bowling Green, Ky stay on the strike line, defying incoming bad weather & the Company’s unwillingness to answer our basic proposals!”

For more, check out Teamsters Local 783 Twitter account 

News & Strikes Happening Elsewhere

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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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