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USA: Kickstarter accused of union busting following dismissal of lead organisers & denial of union recognition

Author: Lauren Kaori Gurley, VICE, Published on: 23 October 2019

"This Board Game About Labor Revolts Is Protesting Kickstarter on Kickstarter", 22 October 2019

A national labor organization and publisher of activist board games have launched a campaign on Kickstarter to fund a new game about organizing labor movements to rebel against corporate consolidation...

...The campaign for the board game...arrives...at a moment when Kickstarter employees are in the midst of their own bitter union drive.  

Within two weeks...two of Kickstarter’s union’s lead organizers were fired and a third phased out. Now the company...faces a federal complaint for allegedly retaliating against union organizers, and has declined the union’s request for voluntary recognition. Kickstarter’s newly appointed CEO Aziz Hasan has denied that the firings were related to union organizing, but said that a “union framework is inherently adversarial.”...

..."We fully support our staff's right to decide for themselves if they want a union," a company spokesperson told Motherboard. "Our staff members have expressed starkly different opinions on unionization over the last seven months. A secret-ballot election will fairly and democratically resolve this debate and ensure that all voices are heard."...

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Related companies: Kickstarter