How Kickstarter’s New Union Negotiated Terms For Pandemic-Related Layoffs

How Kickstarter’s New Union Negotiated Terms For Pandemic-Related Layoffs (kickstarterunited.org) Posted by EditorDavid on Sunday May 03, 2020 @03:34AM from the kick-stopping dept. “The COVID crisis has led to a 35% drop in live projects” says Kickstarter communications officer David Gallagher — who points out that fees on those projects are the company’s sole source…

How Kickstarter’s New Union Negotiated Terms For Pandemic-Related Layoffs

How Kickstarter’s New Union Negotiated Terms For Pandemic-Related Layoffs (kickstarterunited.org)

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from the kick-stopping dept.

“The COVID crisis has led to a 35% drop in live projects” says Kickstarter communications officer David Gallagher — who points out that fees on those projects are the company’s sole source of income. This led Kickstarter’s CEO to announce “sweeping layoffs of up to 45 percent of employees,” the union of Kickstarter employees tells Gizmodo. (Though Gallagher says the final numbers will first include some voluntary buyouts, followed by a re-assessment to “better understand the scale of any layoffs that may be required.”)

But Kickstarter is also the first major tech company to unionize. So what happened next? An a
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