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•  From Reuters:

"Apple Inc accepts the outcome of a vote by Maryland store workers to become its first U.S. employees to join a union and is ready to bargain with them, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday.

"Apple is one of several major American companies whose workforces have moved to unionize, with workers at some Starbucks Corp. and Amazon Inc. locations also voting to join a union in recent months.

"Nearly two-thirds of the employees at the Apple store in Towson, Maryland who organized as the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (CORE), voted to join a union last week. The store is the first of Apple's roughly 270 U.S. outlets to do so.  The successful vote came after another planned vote in Georgia was called off earlier this year.

"Apple intends to participate in the bargaining process in 'good faith,' the person familiar with the matter said."