Communications Workers of America and Glitch Announce Voluntary Union Recognition

Friday, March 13, 2020

NEW YORK -- In a historic step forward for workers organizing in tech, Communications Workers of America Organizing Director Tom Smith and Glitch CEO Anil Dash announced that employees at Glitch will join CWA Local 1101. Glitch voluntarily recognized the union after it demonstrated that a strong majority of the workers supported joining CWA and authorized CWA to be their bargaining representative.

“We are excited to welcome Glitch workers to CWA,” said Smith. “Once Glitch management learned that employees were discussing joining together to form a union, they trusted them to make a decision that was in the workers’ best interest and did not attempt to interfere in the process. They also agreed to recognize the union as the workers’ collective bargaining representative if a majority of the eligible employees signed cards indicating their support, which expedited the process.”

“Everyone at Glitch shares a mission of building a hugely successful business that empowers creators and coders to build a better, more inclusive web,” said Dash. “We’ve never shied away from challenging tech industry norms to serve our community and the voluntary recognition of our employees’ union is directly in that spirit.”

Now that the union has been recognized, CWA members at Glitch will meet with management to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement.

CWA represents workers in telecommunications, technology, media and other industries. The Glitch workers organized their union as part of CWA’s Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE-CWA) initiative, which launched in January in order to help workers in the technology and video game industry build power and improve their workplaces.

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CWA Media Contact: Beth Allen, ballen@cwa-union.org

Glitch Media Contact: Alexa Scordato, alexa@glitch.com