Magic: The Gathering retailer Card Kingdom has recognised a union fashioned by its staff, following a profitable election marketing campaign by the group for illustration.
Under US labour legal guidelines, corporations can both voluntarily recognise a union, or undergo an election course of amongst all staff, the place a majority vote ends in a authorized requirement for acknowledgement.
After refusing to recognise the Card Kingdom Union’s calls for in May, two months of campaigning (and alleged “anti-union” efforts from Card Kingdom) have resulted in a majority of 111-16 in favour of unionising. Following the announcement of the victory on the Card Kingdom Union Twitter, Card Kingdom itself launched a press release formally accepting its staff becoming a member of the United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW 3000) union.
In the statement, Card Kingdom’s administration mentioned that “With a majority of votes, [UFCW 3000] has been elected to represent Operations employees from Card Kingdom… Once the NLRB [National Labor Relations Board] certifies the vote, we will look forward to negotiating a contract with the union. We also look forward to working with our non-union employees to ensure Card Kingdom continues to evolve so we can best meet everyone’s needs.”
In May, the Card Kingdom Union started petitioning for illustration, accusing Card Kingdom of getting a “lack of empathy, lack of transparency, and general mismanagement”. Included in its demands had been a residing wage for all staff, a “share in the financial success of Card Kingdom”, the power to take unpaid break day and versatile working hours, and “equal opportunity at all levels within the company”.
Later statements by staff allege practices reminiscent of pay cuts, workers being fired with no prior warning, and unsafe working circumstances. A particularly worrying account from an worker within the card grading division alleged that staff had been struggling each with repetitive pressure accidents and ‘heat stroke symptoms’ because of insufficient cooling within the warehouse through the summer time months. In May, Card Kingdom admitted it was “not a perfect workplace”, however that it “unquestionable [upholds employees’] right to free speech and organizing”.
The response from the Magic: The Gathering neighborhood has been overwhelmingly constructive, with many noteworthy creators reminiscent of Tolarian Community College, Spice8Rack, and Benjamin Wheeler all popping out in assist of the union.
While negotiations will now start between the union and Card Kingdom administration, Card Kingdom mentioned it has “great work ahead of us, and we are excited about the future of all employees”.