Silicon Valley startup Mapbox loses bid to form union


He has lost their bid to form a union to represent the company's U.S.-based employees on Thursday in a setback for a unionization movement in Silicon Valley that made recent progress.

About two-thirds of Mapbox's eligible U.S. workers signed cards with the Mapbox Workers Union, but after the startup declined to voluntarily recognize the union an election was held On twitter: Whereas, 123 workers cast ballots against unionization, with 81 workers in favor of the Mapbox Workers Union wrote about Twitter updates 1423326585967142916.

Despite this, MWU remains committed to its purpose: to unify worker voices to promote solidarity, sustainability, responsibility, diversity, and transparency, the Mapbox Workers Union wrote.

The Mapbox staff worked with the Communications Workers of America, which has recently won at organizing software company Glitch as well as more than 200 employees from Google-parent Alphabet Inc. who formed a so-called minority union that is not able to force the company to collectively bargain over wages or other issues.

Peter Sirota, CEO of Mapbox, said in a statement that the firm respected employees' rights to decide on union representation.

Today's vote - rejecting the union - will allow us to recommit our values and ensure that we continue to be a business that succeeds because of our unique and innovative global team, Sirota said.

The tech workforce was long considered out of reach for organized labor, but unions have made inroads in recent months. Workers of technology firms such as Alphabet Inc and crowdfunding platform Kickstarter created unions to grapple with working conditions and business practices of big Internet companies.

The CWA has other campaigns underway in Silicon Valley, said Wes McEnany, a campaign leader.

There is a lot of energy in organizing in tech, he said, adding that labor reform was needed to stop companies from influencing the unionization process in ways he believed were unfair.

He said Mapbox management held meetings in opposition to the union and crashed a Zoom meeting where workers were discussing their efforts.

McEnany asked if CWA would challenge the Mapbox result, McEnany said: We're going to pursue options to hold them accountable.