(CNN Business)President Joe Biden said helium was "proud" of Apple's retail workers successful Towson, Maryland, who voted this weekend to form the first-ever labour union astatine 1 of the tech giant's US stores.
"I'm arrogant of them," the President told reporters from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, connected Monday. "Workers person a close to find nether what conditions they're going to enactment oregon not work."
Biden, who has besides precocious met with national organizers from Amazon (AMZN) and Starbucks (SBUX), added that "everybody is amended off, including the last product" due to the fact that of labour unions.
Apple (AAPL) store employees astatine the Towson Town Center, a promenade adjacent Baltimore, voted by a astir two-to-one margin to signifier a union, according to Saturday's tally from the National Labor Relations Board.
Organizers are calling their national the Apple Coalition of Organized Retail Employees, oregon AppleCORE for short, and person garnered enactment from the larger International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers commercialized union.
The Machinists Union thanked Biden for his enactment connected Monday. "Worker powerfulness is spreading crossed the country," the national said successful a tweet.
An Apple spokesperson did not instantly respond to CNN Business' petition for remark Monday. "We are fortunate to person unthinkable retail squad members and we profoundly worth everything they bring to Apple," the institution said successful a erstwhile statement. "We are pleased to connection precise beardown compensation and benefits for afloat clip and portion clip employees, including wellness care, tuition reimbursement, caller parental leave, paid household leave, yearly banal grants and galore different benefits."
One worker-organizer astatine the Maryland Apple store told CNN Business soon aft the ballot count connected Saturday that forming a national astatine Apple was successful ample portion astir having a spot astatine the table. "Compensation is important, considering the outgo of surviving successful wide and inflation, but the bigger happening is having a say," Christie Pridgen, a method adept astatine the store and 1 of the organizers, said. "That was the astir important happening to me."
The unionization efforts astatine Apple travel amid a broader question of workplace activism that emerged during the pandemic. The wellness situation put a caller spotlight connected idiosyncratic safety successful the United States arsenic good arsenic connected concerns implicit wage and equity wrong the tech sector, specifically. Meanwhile, a choky labour market has given employees caller leverage to bargain with their employers.
Last month, the President shared a video of his gathering with Amazon Labor Union person Chris Smalls soon aft the union's landmark triumph astatine 1 of the e-commerce company's facilities successful Staten Island.
"Chris Smalls is making bully occupation and helping animate a caller question of labour organizing crossed the country," the President wrote connected Twitter. "Let's support it going."