Kickstarter workers vote to unionize


Thus far smaller pockets of workers - Facebook's cafeteria workers, tech campus security guards, the Gimlet podcast group (now owned by streaming giant Spotify), or a single office of Google contractors - have gained union protections while these behemoths, even when rocked by mass walk-outs, have so far remained insulated.

Employees at the Brooklyn, New York-based crowdfunding platform Kickstarter PBC voted to unionize on Tuesday, making them the first direct employees of a major USA tech company to do so.

That's a slightly different tone than the one Kickstarter management took in the months leading up to the vote.

In a meeting with HuffPost last September, previous Kickstarter staff member Clarissa Redwine asserted she was discharged as a result of her union advocacy. The administration eventually reversed its decision and restored the comic.

Kickstarter employees took their union push public in March 2019. For Kickstarter, conflict arose past year with the well-publicized firings of two union organizers and other perceived resistance by the company.

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Moore also alleged that he and two other employees who were known union organizers were fired for performance-related issues that he claims are "false".

"We'll begin discussing our priorities and forming an inclusive and representative bargaining committee for everyone at Kickstarter so that we can. bargain our first contract!" the union wrote. "But that involvement had nothing to do with their terminations".

In a statement provided to Mashable, Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan offered a bit of support for the unionization effort. In the same email, Hasan asserted that "the union framework is inherently adversarial", and that it would set the company back. He said that they "support and respect this decision" and that the company's "mission has been common ground for everyone here during this process, and it will continue to guide us as we enter this new phase together".

"The vote was close". Kickstarter United wrote. "And to all tech and creative workers looking to fight for your rights, this is only just the beginning".

"Workers want to be able to participate in critical product decisions without retaliation", Redwine said. The sum total of that obstruction led to a National Labor Relations Board election, which today's successful vote ratifies.