Staff at crowdfunding giant Kickstarter are unionizing in a potential first for big tech in the US

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  • Kickstarter’s employees are forming a union called Kickstarter United.
  • If the union is recognized, Kickstarter would be the first major tech company to have union representation.
  • In a statement, the company did not indicate where it stood on the effort.
  • In 2018, BuzzFeed News reported that the company was in turmoil following the return of cofounder Perry Chen as CEO.

Employees at Brooklyn’s crowdfunding giant Kickstarter are forming a labor union called Kickstarter United, which will aim to secure more rights for the company’s workers.

In a statement, the group 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.”

If recognized by the company, Kickstarter would become the first major tech company in the US to have union representation.

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