Kickstarter’s Staff is Unionizing

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Reprinted from The Verge by on March 19, 2019.

The staff of Kickstarter announced plans to unionize on Tuesday. If recognized, Kickstarter would be the first major tech company with union representation in the United States.

Members of the union, which goes by Kickstarter United, say they want to improve inclusivity and transparency at the company. To unionize, they’re working with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153. In a statement, the union said:

Kickstarter United is proud to start the process of unionizing to safeguard and enrich Kickstarter’s charter commitments to creativity, equity, and a positive impact on society. We trust in the democratic process and are confident that the leadership of Kickstarter stands with us in that effort. Kickstarter has always been a trailblazer, and this is a pivotal moment for tech. We want to set the standard for the entire industry. Now is the time. Come together. Unionize. …

The Verge 3/19

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