The move comes against the backdrop of unionization efforts gaining momentum at large U.S. corporations, including Amazon.com Inc and Starbucks Corp.
The report said employee groups at at least two Apple retail stores are backed by major national unions and are preparing to file paperwork with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the near future.
Apple and the NLRB did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.
Its boss Tim Cook’s pay last year was 1,447 times that of the average employee at the tech giant, fueled by stock awards that helped him earn a total of nearly $100 million.
The company had decided to temporarily shutter several outlets across the United States during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Reporting by Chavi Mehta in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva and Arun Koyyur)