Days after Daniel and I launched our campaign, it became publicly reported that Kickstarter was apparently engaged in union-busting activities.
I support the Kickstarter employees in their attempts to unionize. I want them to be okay, and I know as a free-lancer myself that workers do better in unions than on their own. But oh dear, our xmas kickstarter launched just days before the workers' struggles became public knowledge and we cannot postpone it now because Christmas comes on Dec. 25th, regardless, and printing and shipping take time.
I am looking to direct statements from the Kickstarter employees themselves for guidance. The Kickstarter_United Twitter page still leads with a post that says;
"...We are not calling on creators who rely on Kickstarter to abandon live or planned projects."
As I write, this post is still in place. There has been no call for a boycott. I understand that a wild-cat boycott would cause problems for the union organizers if talks are underway.
I will continue to check the Kickstarter_United Twitter page regularly for any updates. I will continue to help my husband with our Krampus Kickstarter (because our timelines are set, immovable) and I will hope that good sense and Union prevail.
If you would like to share your thoughts with Kickstarter corporate, here is a dedicated comments link; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update - shortly after I posted this, Kickstarter United officially requested voluntary recognition of their union, and are waiting to see if it will be granted. They stand firm in their commitment not to call for boycotts but ask that supporters share their message of solidarity; “Kickstarter is ready to be united and senior leadership must grant us voluntary recognition.”
Again, if you would like to share your thoughts with Kickstarter corporate, here is a dedicated comments link; email@example.com.