Kickstarter Employees to Join Tech Industry's First Union

Kickstarter Employees to Join Tech Industry's First Union

In a vote that ended up with 46 employees voting for, and 37 voting against, the staff will now join over 100,000 other workers represented by the Office And Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU).

In December, after months of trying to squash unionization, Kickstarter's management backed off and let the organizers organize as long as they didn't talk to reporters.

Kickstarter had been dealing with tensions that employees said arose from Chen's heavy-handed management style as well as internal disagreement over a decision to remove a project from the site after right-wing news site Breitbart claimed the project violated the Kickstarter terms of service, according to Slate.

"Today we learned that in a 46 to 37 vote, our staff has chose to unionize", said Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan in a statement. For Kickstarter, conflict arose past year with the well-publicized firings of two union organizers and other perceived resistance by the company. In a statement, CEO Aziz Hasan said that Kickstarter management "support and respect this decision, and we are proud of the fair and democratic process that got us here". In the same email, Hasan asserted that "the union framework is inherently adversarial", and that it would set the company back. Some employees, however, were concerned that a similar incident could occur again if workers at the company were not unionized, according to Moore.

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"So many people worked incredibly hard to earn Kickstarter's employees a seat at the table, and now they have one". It's the first union of white-collar workers at a major US tech company. From Amazon workers slamming their employer's climate change policy to mass walkouts at Google in protest of the company's handling of sexual harassment, the tech workforce has become more and more vocal in recent years. "Management did a great job busting", she wrote. "Workers are organising around our values to build a stronger future", Clarissa Redwine, a Kickstarter organiser who was sacked in September, told Gizmodo.

"Workers want to be able to participate in critical product decisions without retaliation", Redwine said.

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