Employees at the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter have voted to form a union, marking the first notable tech company to organize amid growing worker unrest in the industry.
The union, Kickstarter United, has been recognized by management after workers voted 46 to 37 in favor of unionizing. It will be part of the Office and Professional Employees International Union.
The move comes after more than a year of unrest at the company, in which two employees claimed they were fired for organizing.
The unionized workers include 85 engineers, directors, analysts, designers, coordinators and customer support specialists and others, becoming one of the first unions for white-collar tech workers in US history.
“We hope to inspire all workers everywhere to fight for what they deserve: a healthy and safe workplace, both mentally and physically,” said Camilla Zhang, a Kickstarter comics outreach lead.
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