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Kickstarter United Wins Historic First Contract

Major collective bargaining gains include guaranteed wage increases, no intrusive monitoring, and limits on the use of contracted and temporary employees.

NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 17, 2022) — Members of Kickstarter United (KSRU), the first union in the U.S. to win wall-to-wall recognition at a tech company, voted overwhelmingly this week to ratify their first collective bargaining agreement with their employer.

The ratification vote, passed with 97.6 percent support, concludes KSRU’s historic campaign for a first contract with the crowdfunding company, which began when workers at the company went public with their intent to unionize in January 2020 with OPEIU Local 153. 

"When I made the career change to enter tech, I never would have expected the opportunity to be a part of something like Kickstarter United,” said Liishi Durbin, a software engineer at Kickstarter. “For me, the contract is a reminder that fair labor practices are vital across all industries—not everyone in tech is an engineer, and not every engineer is paid equally.”

You may be closer to your new home than you think

Take advantage of low down payment options union benefits when you buy a home with the Union Plus Mortgage Program with financing provided by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

Wells Fargo provides: 

  • Specialized loans for first-time homebuyers, buyers of newly constructed homes, relocating employees, military members, veterans, and more. 

  • Low down payment programs, including special pricing on our 3% down payment option on a fixed-rate loan, FHA, and VA loans. With a low down payment, mortgage insurance is required and will increase the cost of the loan and the monthly payment. Talk with a home mortgage consultant about loan amount, type of loan, property type and homebuyer education requirements to ensure eligibility.

Talk to a Wells Fargo Home Mortgage consultant about the Union Plus Mortgage Program today!

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Wishing You a Peaceful and Reflective Memorial Day


In observing Memorial Day today, we wish for you and your loved ones a day of peaceful reflection. We must not and will never forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Office and Professional Employees International Union was chartered in 1945 and with more than 104,000 members (representing 110,000 employees) strong, we’re one of the larger unions of the AFL-CIO.  OPEIU has locals in every state, Puerto Rico and Canada. 

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