Employees at indie gaming studio Tender Claws have voted to unionize with the Communication Workers of America’s Campaign to Organize Digital Employees. The union will include both full-time and part-time producers, artists, and programmers.
“Tender Claws is a small studio that has made an outsized impact on the industry — something that would not be possible without the creativity, talent, and commitment of our employees,” read a joint statement from Tender Claws’ Co-Founders Danny Cannizzaro and Samantha Gorman. “We are extremely proud of all we’ve achieved together, and are grateful to work with like-minded people who are eager to explore art, technology, and human connection. We’ve worked hard over the years to make Tender Claws a supportive place to work where employees have the flexibility they need to pursue their own artistic and commercial endeavors, learn new skills, and repeatedly return to work together. The Tender Claws Human Union will no doubt have a positive impact both within and beyond our walls, and we are thrilled to recognize and work with the union, collaborating to make Tender Claws the best working environment it can be.”
2022 has been a big year for unionization across a number of industries. Election petitions are up 58% this year, already totaling more than all election filed in 2021. Similarly, unfair labor practice charges have increased 16% over last 2021. Public support for unions is also at an all-time high with the US likely heading towards a recession, as prices and rent rise while wages remain stagnant and corporations post record profits.
Given the potential economic downturn, it shouldn’t be a big surprise to see more big, small, and indie studios form unions in the coming weeks and months.
(All information was provided by Polygon)