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Bandcamp Workers Form Union

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Bandcamp employees in the US have formed the first union for a music streaming platform, TechCrunch reports(Opens in a new window).

Bandcamp was founded in 2007 and has since become an artist-friendly alternative to Spotify and Apple Music that shares a bigger chunk of streaming profits with musicians.

And now Bandcamp staff want to level the playing field not just for artists but for themselves too. The union, known as Bandcamp United, said a super-majority of workers at the Epic-owned audio distributor are in favor of its formation.

The 62-strong Bandcamp United reportedly includes engineers, project managers, support staff, and designers and engineers. The freshly formed union’s mission statement(Opens in a new window) says it wants to erase historical pay inequalities at the audio distributor, seek to ensure access to paid time off, and promote "equitable conditions and economic stability." They also want to ensure that salaries "will grow to meet economic necessity." Bandcamp United chose to join Tech Workers Union Local 1010 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU).

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