"Kickstarter To Workers and Project Creators: Drop Dead"
"A number of workers at Kickstarter are currently trying to organize a union, an effort the company has actively opposed from the start. The CEO made it clear that the company doesn’t want a union and would not voluntarily recognize one. Several weeks ago, during the middle of the organizing campaign, Kickstarter suddenly fired two of the lead organizers. Sources inside Kickstarter confirmed to the press that the firings were not, as the company insisted, merely performance-related."
"The company is officially a public benefit corporation, meaning that it is supposed to follow objectives beyond the mere pursuit of profit, but in practice this often means little. (To make companies behave better to their staff, you need to change the balance of power between workers and owners, not just insert rhetoric about doing good into the corporate charter. Hence the need for unions.)"
"Sure enough, the CEO’s statement includes a lot of nonsense about how a union would turn workplace relations “inherently adversarial,” which “doesn’t reflect who we are as a company.” (If the majority of workers want a union, your relations are already adversarial. Continuing to fight them on their request for recognition is especially adversarial.)"
You can read the joint-statment from project creators against Kickstarter's anti-union policy here: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/09/we-stand-with-the-kickstarter-union.
If you are running or have been running a campaign on Kickstarter by the past, you can sign it here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfgfG3HDKMA11Jl7YVQtuKcwMXkiWonsVAuaBLlLRnplKXWPw/viewform.
I'm currently looking to see if the people behind the projects I supported signed the creators' statment. And of course, @HTHR did 👍.
@Sylvhem For anybody having trouble viewing the creators’ statement to Kickstarter, try this version of the URL:
(I think the trailing period was causing trouble.)
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