Bandcamp's Employees Have Formed a Union
"A site such as Bandcamp that aims to offer an ethical and fair alternative to the streaming economy should reflect its mission internally"
Published Mar 17, 2023Bandcamp employees in the United States have formed a union. As Bandcamp United, the company's editorial, design, engineering, and support staff have announced their affiliation with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 1010.
"We all chose to join this company as an extension of our own love for independent music, and believe that a site such as Bandcamp that aims to offer an ethical and fair alternative to the streaming economy should reflect its mission internally," the union write in their mission statement.
News of Bandcamp United arrives just over a year after the company was acquired by Epic Games. At the time, Bandcamp co-founder and CEO Ethan Diamond shared that the company would "continue to build Bandcamp around our artists-first revenue model."
Reached for comment by Rolling Stone, Diamond said, "We are aware that some Bandcamp employees are seeking to organize a union. Employees have a right to organize and we are reviewing the petition to understand their concerns."
Bandcamp United are now collecting signatures in calling for a "fair and timely" union election.
We are absolutely floored by the outpouring of support we have received from the artists, labels, and fans that make Bandcamp so special. Thank you all! 💖— Bandcamp United (@bandcampunited) March 17, 2023
We would appreciate you adding your voice to our petition calling for a fair and timely election. https://t.co/exNb5IUYVV