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•  The Wall Street Journal reports that "Apple Inc. retail workers in Oklahoma City voted to unionize, becoming the second group of employees at one of the iPhone maker’s U.S. stores to organize officially.

"The group, which calls itself the Penn Square Labor Alliance, plans to join the Communications Workers of America. The Apple store located at Oklahoma City’s Penn Square Mall has a total of about 100 employees eligible for union membership … Employees voted 56 to 32 in favor of joining a union, according to a ballot count Friday evening released by the National Labor Relations Board."

The story says that "the vote follows a successful unionization push in June at an Apple Store in Towson, Md., a suburb of Baltimore. Those employees joined the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. At an Atlanta retail location, organizers withdrew a petition to vote on unionization in May."

An Apple spokesman said in a statement: “We believe the open, direct and collaborative relationship we have with our valued team members is the best way to provide an excellent experience for our customers, and for our teams. We’re proud to provide our team members with strong compensation and exceptional benefits.”