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Grindr company staff in plans to unionize and with collective support

Posted by Sara Cooper | Jul 25, 2023 | 0 Comments

The majority of the company's employees of the LGBTQ's dating app Grindr have signed union representation cards towards the goal of unionizing in order to better the company and its work environment and culture.

"We hope management recognizes the overwhelming support amongst workers for Grindr United and grants us voluntary recognition," said Quinn McGee, trust and safety product manager at Grindr.

They have signed under the Communications Workers of America, and they would be following a similar model such as Starbuck's corporation union, where there would be a worker representative. Other requests for the union that workers are seeking includes cost-of-living pay bumps to match inflation rates, gift matching, and a budget that would correctly reflect professional development.

Layoff protections, clear severance protocols, and pay transparency “to address wage disparities affecting marginalized communities” are also part of those safeguards that the those in favor of the union would want ensured.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Grindr was sold by Beijing Kunlun Tech Co. of China in 2020 due to U.S. regulators had concerns about national security, had revealed to have had a merger with special purpose acquisition company Tiga Acquisition Corp last year. Grindr, on average, has over 12 million users per month, with showing customers a grid of other nearby users based on number of feet away they are.

This recognition of a union towards Grindr management is in hopes that everything will be proceeded smoothly. If not, a petition will be made to the National Labor Relations Board to hold an election. That is allowed by domestic labor law, for a company to recognize and compromise for an agreement of a union or have a government-run election be led out.

This process can take weeks depending on what is being discussed of the union's potential rights. This urgency of the union was quickly prioritized due to the anti-LGBTQ+ policies being approved across the nation and tech layoffs that are sweeping companies left and right.

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