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Bandcamp has always been known as an artist-friendly alternative to streaming services like Spotify, where you can buy music directly from the musicians themselves. Now owned by Epic online, his audio distributor employees want to be treated the same as creators by forming a union called Bandcamp United.according to rolling stone and TechCrunchIn , a majority of workers are in favor of unionizing, and all 62 non-managerial and non-supervisory workers in the United States form a bargaining unit. This 62-person workforce is made up of support staff, designers, engineers, writers, and other roles within the platform.
Apparently, the Bandcamp staff has been quietly organizing since last summer. They eventually decided to join the office’s Tech Workers Union Local 1010 and the Professional Employees International Union. Organized by Kickstarter Employees based on a mission statement written in Bandcamp United websiteThe group aims to reduce wage disparities and promote “level playing field and economic stability”. They want workers to have access to paid leave and salaries to “increase to meet economic need.”
rolling stone said it is also trying to address a lack of transparency in management after its acquisition of Epic last year. Workers were reportedly asked to sign new employment contracts. fortnite Developers were given a limited amount of time to acquire the platform and review the terms, leaving no room for negotiation.
Bandcamp CEO Ethan Diamond told the publication that management “is aware that some employees are seeking to unionize and [is] We are reviewing the petition to understand their concerns.”