Baltimore County workers unite against Apple, but to what end?
Posted by Buzz Beeler @BeelerBuzz on 18th June 2022
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Employees at the Apple Store in Towson became the first to attempt unionization, but just how seriously will their efforts be taken? (Photo Credit: WTOP.com)

Folks, the value of labor unions in this nation can be debated indefinitely.

There are those who see the labor unions as having created opportunities and worker protections in recent history. And those who hold that opinion are correct in many cases.

There are also those who will say that labor unions have damaged our nation through corruption, greed, and ‘selling the workers’ souls’ to those in power. Sadly, those who hold those opinions are also correct in many cases.

It simply depends upon the situation whether unions are helpful or hurtful.

This weekend, Baltimore County was the epicenter of a truly historic moment. Workers at the Apple Store in the Towson Town Center voted to unionize—the very first Apple employees to do so.

Alison Knezevich☀️ on Twitter: “Workers at the Towson Apple store react to union election results. They are the first in the nation to unionize ⁦@acoreunion⁩ pic.twitter.com/BUo7ptJXG7 / Twitter”

Workers at the Towson Apple store react to union election results. They are the first in the nation to unionize ⁦@acoreunion⁩ pic.twitter.com/BUo7ptJXG7

But what will their unionization efforts truly produce? Will they indeed see pay parity happen because of their unionized status? Or will they be just another group of unionized workers in Baltimore County that are dismissed by the powers that be?

Surely you remember the last union to be dismissed as holding a ‘minority opinion.’ That was how Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt described the no-confidence vote against her by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4.

WJZ | CBS Baltimore on Twitter: “In an interview with WJZ, Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt said that Monday’s no-confidence vote only represented the opinions of a small fraction of roughly 1,900 sworn officers. https://t.co/GOhZdiNzYB / Twitter”

In an interview with WJZ, Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt said that Monday’s no-confidence vote only represented the opinions of a small fraction of roughly 1,900 sworn officers. https://t.co/GOhZdiNzYB

Have unions really lost that much influence?

Again, it depends upon the situation.

Also this weekend, billionaire (and potential Twitter owner) Elon Musk decried the place of unions in the political landscape. The outspoken mogul practically blamed the Democratic Party’s ills on the influence of labor unions:

Fox News on Twitter: “Elon Musk says Biden, Democratic Party ‘controlled by unions’: ‘Next-level insanity’https://t.co/kCFRZGNkHw / Twitter”

Elon Musk says Biden, Democratic Party ‘controlled by unions’: ‘Next-level insanity’https://t.co/kCFRZGNkHw

So while the Apple Store employees in Towson rejoice at their historic move, they may want to stop and realize that joining a labor union isn’t the ‘end all, be all’ solution they are expecting.

As the old idiom goes, be careful what you wish for…

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