WASHINGTON, October 29, 2022 – The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (IAM CORE), the first Apple workers to join a union, recently sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook announcing that Apple will ban IAM CORE members in Towson, MD. certain educational and medical benefits offered to all other Apple employees starting next year.
IAM CORE members have been focused on reaching an agreement that gives members the proper respect and dignity in the workplace and sets the standard in the tech industry. The members’ letter to CEO Cook expressed disappointment at not following past practice of including Towson employees in company-wide improvements after consultation with the union.
“Even more troubling are reports from store executives that these benefits simply cannot be extended to Towson store employees simply because we have formed a union,” wrote IAM CORE employees in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook. “Critical context is missing from this communication about the process of change within a unionized store and the fact that we can, and we will include them (along with any new benefits) in our collective bargaining proposal. Finally, to date, Apple management has yet to provide our union with details of the new benefits, so we have the option of including them in our upcoming contract negotiations.
“IAM and IAM CORE members will not remain silent on any differential treatment from Apple,” said David Sullivan, IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President. “Our Towson members work every day to protect the Apple brand and serve as frontline ambassadors. They deserve to be treated fairly and made aware of any impact on their working lives. We look forward to sitting down at the table.” with Apple to resolve any issues in the future.
“Our union remains committed to providing all resources to our IAM CORE members in the Towson Apple Store,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “We are fighting hard to make sure they receive a cutting-edge contract that will allow other Apple employees across the country to recognize the power of collective bargaining. I will make myself available to sit down with CEO Cook at any time.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is one of the largest and most diverse industrial unions in North America, representing approximately 600,000 active and retired members in the aerospace sectors , defense, airlines, railways, mass transit, healthcare, automotive and other industries.