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@kirby
Friday, May 1st, 2020
Statement from Kickstarter United

On Monday, April 20th, Kickstarter management announced that they were planning
company-wide layoffs of ~40% of our workforce. The bargaining unit was faced with the
prospect of involuntary layoffs with two to three weeks of severance per year of employment
in the midst of a global pandemic.

Kickstarter United, a mere two months old, swiftly came together to work towards an
agreement that protected our unit. After two weeks of bargaining, we negotiated a severance
package that we are incredibly proud of, which has been unanimously ratified by KSRU.

The package prioritizes extended severance payments and health insurance coverage, and
we were inspired to see dozens of our highest-paid colleagues volunteer to take layoffs in
order to save jobs and increase payouts for lower-paid bargaining unit members. We also
negotiated additional terms that are previously unheard-of in tech severance agreements,
fulfilling another of our longstanding goals: moving our industry forward and demonstrating
the necessity of organizing in tech.

The terms we won for our 86-member bargaining unit include:

e Four months of severance pay for all laid-off employees, both voluntary and involuntary.

© Continuing healthcare coverage increased by salary: four months for our higher-paid
colleagues, and six months for those who make less than the bargaining unit’s median
salary.

© Recall rights for a full year, so that if an eliminated position becomes open again in the
future, qualified laid-off workers will have priority consideration in filling it.

e Arelease from the non-compete and a modification of the non-solicitation clauses
included in our original hiring agreements—an allowance unprecedented in tech that
will enable our members to pursue new avenues of employment unfettered.

We are devastated to lose so many of our colleagues, who take with them their institutional
knowledge, unceasing passion, and relentless dedication to the progressive ideals of our
company. But as we move forward, Kickstarter United will still be here. We will continue to
uphold Kickstarter’s mission to foster creative work, and we look forward to further
demonstrating worker solidarity as we negotiate our first collective bargaining agreement.

This experience has shown us how crucial it is for tech workers to unite, to leverage our
collective strength, and to focus on lifting each other up and protecting one another.
Kickstarter United is committed to standing alongside workers everywhere, helping to bring
our collective visions for a fairer, more just world to life.

@yogthos But government needs to play a role.
Foodora in canada.They are a German corporation.
Unionized very recently.
Leaving the country. 3,000 restaurants get stung for millions and 100's of workers lose their jobs.
And the criminal 'entity', the 'corporation' itself, can still operate in other countries and just skate. They wanted to 'send a message', like the other evil bastards such as walmart: "Unionize and we'll kill your jobs and the store!"
It happens over and over.

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@theruran
Friday, May 1st, 2020
Statement from Kickstarter United

On Monday, April 20th, Kickstarter management announced that they were planning
company-wide layoffs of ~40% of our workforce. The bargaining unit was faced with the
prospect of involuntary layoffs with two to three weeks of severance per year of employment
in the midst of a global pandemic.

Kickstarter United, a mere two months old, swiftly came together to work towards an
agreement that protected our unit. After two weeks of bargaining, we negotiated a severance
package that we are incredibly proud of, which has been unanimously ratified by KSRU.

The package prioritizes extended severance payments and health insurance coverage, and
we were inspired to see dozens of our highest-paid colleagues volunteer to take layoffs in
order to save jobs and increase payouts for lower-paid bargaining unit members. We also
negotiated additional terms that are previously unheard-of in tech severance agreements,
fulfilling another of our longstanding goals: moving our industry forward and demonstrating
the necessity of organizing in tech.

The terms we won for our 86-member bargaining unit include:

e Four months of severance pay for all laid-off employees, both voluntary and involuntary.

© Continuing healthcare coverage increased by salary: four months for our higher-paid
colleagues, and six months for those who make less than the bargaining unit’s median
salary.

© Recall rights for a full year, so that if an eliminated position becomes open again in the
future, qualified laid-off workers will have priority consideration in filling it.

e Arelease from the non-compete and a modification of the non-solicitation clauses
included in our original hiring agreements—an allowance unprecedented in tech that
will enable our members to pursue new avenues of employment unfettered.

We are devastated to lose so many of our colleagues, who take with them their institutional
knowledge, unceasing passion, and relentless dedication to the progressive ideals of our
company. But as we move forward, Kickstarter United will still be here. We will continue to
uphold Kickstarter’s mission to foster creative work, and we look forward to further
demonstrating worker solidarity as we negotiate our first collective bargaining agreement.

This experience has shown us how crucial it is for tech workers to unite, to leverage our
collective strength, and to focus on lifting each other up and protecting one another.
Kickstarter United is committed to standing alongside workers everywhere, helping to bring
our collective visions for a fairer, more just world to life.

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