Kickstarter makes history becoming one of the first tech companies to unionise

Daniel Fowler
February 21, 2020

Kickstarter staff voted to unionize at present with 46 individuals voting for the union and 37 in opposition to.

What they want: Pay equity, transparency around hiring, support for workers who surface problems, and a voice at the leadership table.

Kickstarter employees took their union push public in March 2019. Kickstarter had actually decreased to willingly identify the union, as well as some workers implicated the firm of striking back versus pro-union staff members.

Zoom out: Anyone who's dropped in for all-you-can-eat scallop sashimi at the Google cafeteria knows why the tech industry has been slow to embrace unionization.

The union will be under the Office and Professional Employees International Union. It's the first union of white-collar workers at a major USA tech company. Barring any kind of lawful obstacles from Kickstarter, both sides will certainly now begin negotiating a very first agreement.

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CEO Aziz Hasan wrote to the company in an email past year that he and the company "understood how these firings could be perceived, but it would be unfair to not hold these two employees to the same standards as the rest of our staff", Vice reported.

"We support and respect this decision, and we are proud of the fair and democratic process that got us here", Hassan writes.

Union organizer Clarissa Redwine said the goal is to be able to stand up to Kickstarter's management if it is perceived as "failing the community".

"We've worked hard over the last decade to build a different kind of company, one that measures its success by how well it achieves its mission: helping to bring creative projects to life", said Hasan. The company has become the first tech firm in the United States to fully unionise. Our mission has been common ground for everyone here during this process., and will continue to guide us as we enter into this new phase together.

Redwine also said she and Moore may now be "reinstated" at the company, adding, "if we are, we'll be returning to a freshly democratized workplace!" "That is sort of the energy and optimism that I carry as we go forward from here". For Kickstarter, conflict arose a year ago with the well-publicized firings of two union organizers and other perceived resistance by the company.

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