More than 280 workers from TCGplayer, a market for collectible card games like Magic: The Gathering Y PokemonThey’re trying to unionize. A large majority of workers have filed for a union representation election before the National Labor Relations Board. If their efforts are successful, they will form the first syndicate in , which bought TCGplayer in 2022 in a deal.
Employees of several card and table game companies have unionized, including Card Kingdom, Bellevue Mox Boarding House, Noble Knight Games, and Paizo. TCGplayer workers are trying to organize in a similar way with the Communications Workers of America, which has also worked on their .
“We are ready to unlock all the potential that we know TCGplayer can have. By forming a union, we can support each other, customers and vendors in creating the best TCGplayer for all of us,” said Jennifer Bonham, Shipping Generalist at TCGplayer, in a statement. “We are incredibly passionate about our work. , but passion can only take us so far. We want to see our collective health and well-being thrive because for many of us, this is the best job we’ve ever had.”
The workers are organizing as the TCG Union/CWA and are all employed at the company’s authentication center in Syracuse, New York. They each help ensure that card mailings meet quality standards and are completed accurately.
Workers seek an end to salary caps; salary increases to offset inflation and cost of living increases; and “a fair and comprehensive sick leave policy that doesn’t punish people” for issues beyond their control. In addition, they demand inclusive career advancement opportunities; fair and transparent hiring practices; clearly defined job roles and expectations; and the resources and training needed to do their job. On top of that, they are asking for a seat at the table, along with “just cause and clear grievance and discipline procedures, applied equally to management.”
This is not the first time that workers have tried to unionize, as notes They tried to do it almost three years ago with the Service Employees International Union. However, just days before the scheduled vote, they withdrew the petition. The eBay takeover is said to have reignited the unionization drive.
“We received notice that the Communications Workers of America union is filing a petition asking the National Labor Relations Board to hold a vote on union representation,” a TCGplayer spokesperson told Engadget in a statement. “We have not seen that petition from the National Labor Relations Board, nor have we had an opportunity to review it. We respect an employee’s right to choose or decline union representation, and we recognize that this is a big decision. Our commitment to our employees during this time is to ensure they have the information they need to make an informed and confidential decision.”
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