Today, a majority of eligible Bandcamp workers voted 31-7 in favor of forming Bandcamp United, a union represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU). The vote results now await certification by the National Labor Relations Board, with a collective bargaining process to follow.
Below is a joint statement from Bandcamp co-founder Ethan Diamond and Bandcamp United:
“Bandcamp United and Bandcamp management are committed to working together to continue to advance fair economic conditions for our workers and the artists who rely on us. We look forward to negotiating with an open mind and working in good faith to promote the best interests of all of our staff and the artist and label community we serve.”
After being pulled into an unnecessary hearing by our employer’s lawyers, the NLRB dismissed the case and has issued a date for our election. We’ll be voting by mail, and our ballots will be counted shortly after.
We’re so grateful for the outpouring of support that you all have shown us on social media, as well as by signing our petition and emailing our leadership. It’s meant so much to us and has made a big difference in proving to our employers that we have the backing of the Bandcamp community, and that we stand together in asking management to do the right thing.
At this time, we’re calling our supporters to stop sending emails to Ethan as we focus on casting our votes for our union. If we see any more union busting in the coming weeks we’ll be sure to let our supporters know.
As we move on to our election, we would love to see your messages of support and your social posts about why you think a union is good for Bandcamp (Please be sure to tag @bandcampunited on your social posts so we can see our external support).
Stay tuned for more updates! Until then, solidarity forever. ♡