Bandcamp has all the time been referred to as an artist-friendly different to streaming providers like Spotify, the place you should purchase music immediately from the musicians themselves. Now, employees on the Epic-owned on-line audio distributor need to make sure that they’re handled in addition to its creators by forming a union referred to as Bandcamp United. In accordance with Rolling Stone and TechCrunch, a majority of employees are in favor of unionizing, and all 62 of its non-managerial and non-supervisory personnel within the US will make up its bargaining unit. These 62 employees are composed of assist workers, designers, engineers, writers and different roles inside the platform.
Apparently, Bandcamp’s personnel have been quietly engaged on their organizing efforts since final summer time. They finally determined to hitch Tech Employees Union Native 1010 of the Workplace and Skilled Staff Worldwide Union, which is similar group that helped full-time Kickstarter employees organize again in 2020. Based mostly on the mission assertion written on Bandcamp United’s website, the group goals to repair pay disparities and promote “equitable circumstances and financial stability.” They need to ensure that employees have entry to paid break day and that their salaries “will develop to satisfy financial necessity.”
Rolling Stone says they’re additionally seeking to deal with administration’s lack of transparency after Epic’s takeover final 12 months. Employees had been reportedly requested to signal new employment contracts when the Fortnite developer acquired the platform, they usually got a restricted period of time to evaluate its phrases with no room for negotiations.
Ethan Diamond, Bandcamp’s CEO, instructed the publications that administration is “conscious that some… staff are looking for to prepare a union and [is] reviewing the petition to know their considerations.” Bandcamp United has already filed for a petition with the Nationwide Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to manage a union election and can maintain one to make issues official as soon as it will get authorised.