Kickstarter accused of union-busting after firing staff

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Kickstarter denies firing the staff for his or her union exercise


Kickstarter has been accused of “union-busting” after firing three staff.

Taylor Moore, the corporate’s head of comedy and podcasts, tweeted that he and one other worker had been fired on Thursday, whereas tech and design lead Clarissa Redwine was fired final week.


All three had been closely concerned within the formation of a Kickstarter union this yr, Mr Moore added.

Kickstarter confirmed the staff had been fired, however denied that it was due to their union exercise.

Mr Moore tweeted that he had labored on the firm for six years.

He stated that when Kickstarter fired him they “supplied me no actual causes, however one month’s severance for signing an NDA” – a non-disclosure settlement. “I cannot be signing it.”

“The union busting marketing campaign that Kickstarter administration is participating in is illegitimate and unsuitable,” he added. “It’s an unforgivable abandonment of the values of an organisation that I’ve cherished and served with my complete coronary heart.”

Ms Redwine additionally tweeted on the firm, saying: “I cannot be signing your termination settlement containing a non-disparagement clause. You’ll be able to hold my severance.”

She added: “Kickstarter’s administration continues to state that I used to be fired for efficiency points. I discover this unusual as a result of I not solely met however exceeded all efficiency metrics in Q2. I used to be nice at my job. And I cherished it.”

In a press release despatched to the BBC, Kickstarter stated Mr Moore and Ms Redwine had been fired for efficiency causes, and never due to their union organising. The third worker’s position was eradicated from the corporate.

“We anticipate all staff – together with organisers – to have the ability to carry out of their position and arrange their groups and colleagues for achievement,” the corporate stated.

“Clearly we knew how these terminations may very well be perceived. However it will be unfair to not maintain these folks to the identical requirements as the remainder of our employees just because they’re union organisers.”