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Tech & Science Kickstarter Has Successfully Unionised

23:31  18 february  2020
23:31  18 february  2020 Source:   gizmodo.com.au

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On Tuesday morning, Kickstarter 's employee union effort, Kickstarter United, announced it successfully voted to form a union with the Office and "Today we learned that in a 46 to 37 vote, our staff has decided to unionize . We support and respect this decision, and we are proud of the fair and

The Kickstarter crowdfunding logo is displayed on the screen of an Apple Inc. iPhone 6 in this Topline: Full-time workers at crowdfunding website Kickstarter have voted to unionize after Earlier in 2019, Google employees successfully forced the tech giant to change its policy on forced arbitration.

a close up of a logo: Graphic: Kickstarter United© Graphic: Kickstarter United Graphic: Kickstarter United

In a historic vote, crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has become the first major tech company to successfully form a union, with a narrow vote of 46 workers in favour and 37 against.

“This is the future of tech. Workers are organising around our values to build a stronger future,” Clarissa Redwine, a Kickstarter organiser who was fired in September, told Gizmodo. “I’m filled with boundless joy and pride. My former coworkers at Kickstarter deserve the power they just earned at the ballot box.”

Kickstarter began the process of organising over a year ago and went public with their intentions last March. In the interim, management refused to voluntarily recognise the union, organisers have been fired under unusual circumstances, and the company retained a law firm which advertised its skills at “union avoidance.” The sum total of that obstruction led to a National Labour Relations Board election, which today’s successful vote ratifies.

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In recent months, contractors at Google have successfully unionized , and YouTube users have a launched a union drive. “ Kickstarter is a Public Benefit Corporation obligated to consider the impact of their decisions on society,” writes Redwine.

Kickstarter has always been a trailblazer, and this is a pivotal moment for tech. We want to set the standard for the entire industry. Its staff unionizing means the company will also have to consider more seriously its responsibilities to its employees. It also means that its fellows in Silicon Valley and

Kickstarter will now the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153 and begin the process of bargaining their first contract with management.

As the close vote suggests though, not all resistance to an organised workplace was strictly top-down. Shortly after announcing plans to unionise, a number of veteran employees circulated a memo which called the efforts a “misappropriation of unions for use by privileged workers,” a shockingly common belief. Despite pressure from without and within, Kickstarter United members are at the very tip of a more egalitarian movement that sees a union not just as a means of securing a measure of physical and economic safety, but seeks to cede greater control over a company’s purpose, culture, and hiring practices to the individuals that comprise it.

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Kickstarter employees have officially unionized after a vote was tallied Tuesday, marking the first full-time workers at a tech company to do so as more across the industry look to organize. The historic 46-37 vote in favor of unionizing comes after a contentious process, which involved the firing of two

Are there enough Kickstarter employees to unionize ? You think the entire industry needs to unionize because a few of us have be out of our incredibly high paying positions for a couple weeks while we find a more ethical position?

“Every worker at a company makes it what it is – from your community outreach people, to your customer support people, to the people running your facilities,” Dannel Jurado, a Kickstarter senior software engineer, wrote in a statement from OPEIU. “I’m overjoyed by this result. There’s a long road ahead of us, but it’s a first step to the sustainable future in tech that I and so many others want to see.”

His company’s track record of interference notwithstanding, Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan said in a statement, “We support and respect this decision, and we are proud of the fair and democratic process that got us here. 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. Our 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.”

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Employees of Kickstarter , the influential crowdfunding platform, have voted to form a union. The announcement removes some of the tension for creators, who use Kickstarter to Share All sharing options for: Kickstarter employees vote to unionize , relieving tension among game developers.

As of this moment, Kickstarter reports that 138,035 projects on its platform have been successfully funded. That’s out of a total of 384,926 projects, which means a success rate of about 36%. The vast majority of its projects attract less tha

What remains to be seen, even amid the unprecedented wave of worker action at major tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Amazon, others will take the same leapt to formalise their organising efforts—a considerably more difficult task at firms of this scale.

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.

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