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Update on Gimlet Union

On Tuesday, Gimlet management declined to voluntarily recognize the union as is, at this point in time.

I’ve learned, and can confirm, that Gimlet Media’s management has declined to formally recognize the union on Tuesday, as is and at this point in time. This development suggests that the process will likely end up being more drawn out than the organizing committee was hoping for, so everybody should probably strap in.

What to watch: it’s probably safe to expect some escalation by the union organizing committee to drive management back to the table for recognition. On the other side, the key dynamic to track is the extent to which Gimlet management works to shave off the number of workers participating in the union, thus decreasing its overall capacity for negotiation.

Gimlet did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication.

Here’s a link to Tuesday’s column if you need a refresher on the broader context.

On a related note… From The Verge: “The staff of Kickstarter announced plans to unionize [on Tuesday]. If recognized, Kickstarter would be the first major tech company with union representation in the United States.”