As a group of Kickstarter employees announced that they have voted to form a union, the online collectivist’s shares the news on Twitter:
We've voted to unionize. Not just a majority but a substantial majority of our employees have voted to unionize. — Kickstarter () February 18, 2020
The Save Kickstarter Group — a unionization organizing committee made up of members of Kickstarter’s engineering and product teams, according to the New York Times — will begin collecting union signatures on Monday, marking the first time employees at the streaming music company have been allowed to organize. Union organizers are hoping the move will garner backing from the entire staff, some of whom the New York Times estimates earn roughly $10,000 a year on average. As of last week, the group’s official website and social media accounts were unadorned but a few employees were keen to show their support:
We join in that sentiment from employees:
YES — Clue Pearson () February 18, 2020
Thank you to everyone who’s supported us, we need a union to have a voice — Pablo Serrano () February 18, 2020
According to the Huffington Post, the company has not “sent any firm official statements to supporters about the announcement, including posting it on the company’s homepage or in its staff newsletters.” In a statement emailed to The Huffington Post, a Kickstarter spokesperson said the company will respect the results of the unionization campaign:
We are excited about the collective strength this union will bring to our community, and we will support the final results of the process. We have been a unionized company in the European Union for the past 4 years.
The worldwide “Fight for $15” initiative to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 per hour has helped push more tech workers to join unions across Silicon Valley. Technology Workers United, an organization that advocates for labor protections, has lobbied for change in Silicon Valley for years. Its now 40,000-member campaign for a $15 minimum wage is the largest for workers in the tech industry, yet with companies like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and Twitter facing growing competition for talent, the possibility that these tech workers might unionize represents an important litmus test of the broader growth of the middle class in the United States.
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