Following an 18-month battle with the company's management, Kickstarter United will now be formally recognized by officials.
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 tech sector represents a new frontier for union organizing, and OPEIU is excited to represent one of the first tech groups to successfully win collective bargaining rights and to be part of the labor movement's efforts to improve the livelihoods of tech employees everywhere", OPEIU president Richard Lanigan said in the statement. OPEIU stated that it was happy to construct "one of the first unions for tech workers in USA history", as well as it made a wider attract various other workers in the sector to arrange. On the time, the organizers stated they wished a union to "promote our collective values: inclusion and solidarity, transparency and accountability; a seat on the desk".
The 46 to 37 vote makes Kickstarter the first well-known technology company to unionize, The New York Times reports. The corporate argued that managers had been inappropriately concerned within the organizing course of and subsequently a vote was wanted. Two former members of staff say their dismissals in 2019 were related to their union activity. Kickstarter stated the firings had nothing to do with the union and as an alternative have been associated to efficiency opinions. Those complaints haven't been resolved yet.
CEO Aziz Hasan wrote to the company in an email previous 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.
"I'm really just happy that we have a resolution and that the staff here can move forward with certainty".
After Tuesday's vote, Hasan said in a statement to CBS News that he and the company "support and respect" employees' decision to unionize, adding, "we are proud of the fair and democratic process that got us here". "That's form of the power and optimism that I carry as we go ahead from right here".