The Apple Store located in the St. Louis Galleria Mall has dropped its bid to unionize. A report from Bloomberg on Wednesday says the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union (IAM) withdrew its petition to unionize the store due to the company’s hostility towards such efforts.
The IAM already represents Apple Towson Town Center employees in Maryland. “Apple has chosen the route of disenfranchising its workers and their right to enjoy the benefits of having a union,” the IAM said.
“The IAM will continue to ensure that all labor laws are followed and remain hopeful that Apple workers will get the respect and dignity they deserve,” the group said.
The IAM had also petitioned the US National Labor Relations Board on behalf of the St. Louis store, accusing Apple of requiring workers there to attend a captive audience meeting and threatening retaliation if employees voted to unionize.
The St. Louis store is the second Apple retail location to reverse its unionization efforts. In May 2022, an Atlanta store abandoned its petition, accusing Apple of illegal union-busting tactics. The Communications Workers of America was the organizing union there.