Workers at eBay-owned TCGPlayer won their union election last Friday and will become members of CWA Local 1123. TCGPlayer is one of the largest online marketplaces for verification services, card games, comics, and collectible trading cards. It was acquired by eBay in November 2022. The workers are the first group of eBay workers to win union representation in the U.S.
Throughout their organizing efforts, the workers faced an onslaught of attacks and multiple labor law violations from the company. Those attacks have continued. On the first business day after the election, TCGPlayer illegally fired Iris St. Lucy in retaliation for her union activity. “Throughout our union campaign, TCGPlayer management has waged a ruthless intimidation campaign to stop us from joining our union, including holding mandatory meetings with anti-union propaganda and creating a culture of fear among employees," said St. Lucy. “They want to make an example of us, but this egregious action only reveals how terrified TCGPlayer and eBay are of our collective power.”
The union-represented group will include close to 300 non-supervisory workers within TCGPlayer’s authentication center in New York.