Employees at Apple’s Grand Central Station shop in New York have stated their intention to form a union.

If their application is successful, they will be the first union to form at one of the tech giant’s US locations.

Fruit Stand Workers United, a group of employees, must get signatures of support from 30% of their coworkers in order to qualify for a union election.

The move comes in the wake of employee unionisation initiatives at Starbucks and Amazon. Apple has not yet responded to the announcement.

The organisation characterised itself as operating in “exceptional times with the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic and once-in-a-generation consumer price inflation,” yet its website did not reveal the names of the staff people directing the campaign.

The group also wants a $30 (£23) minimum hourly salary for all employees, increased vacation time, and information on more stringent safety standards at the Grand Central facility.

Workers United is an affiliate of the national Service Employees International Union, which was formed in 2009 after the merger of several former organisations.

The Apple attempt comes as a Starbucks unionisation movement supported by Workers United has extended nationally following election victory in New York last year.

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