The recent efforts by workers at Apple and Amazon to make resounding attempts to organize represent a sort of deviation from the norm for a sector that has not faced trade unions in a long time.

“The technology industry as a whole has been opposed to unions from the beginning,” said Thomas A. Kochan, a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management and a member of the teaching staff at the MIT Institute for Labor and Employment Research. “Apple, Google, Facebook, IBM; “Choose a big computer company, they’re not all unions,” he said.

He described the recent pressure from workers to unite as “unprecedented”.

Warehouse and retail employees at both companies are at the forefront of union efforts. Last month, for example, New York City warehouse workers voted to create the first U.S.-recognized union in Amazon’s 27-year history, with former employee Chris Smalls leading a successful campaign that surprised both the company and workers’ leaders.

The vote showed that employees at JFK8 in Staten Island chose to join the Amazon Labor Union in an effort to improve pay and working conditions, generating enthusiasm among labor activists for the resurgent labor movement in the United States

Amazon tried to undo the result, and continues to oppose union efforts within its workforce. On Monday, employees at the second facility in New York, warehouse LDJ5, voted against unificationa failure for the organizers, who hoped to gain momentum after the early success.

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