Cards Against Humanity staff are unionizing following allegations of poisonous tradition

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Cards Against Humanity staff are unionizing following allegations of a toxic workplace made by former employees of the company. The union, which calls itself Cards Against Humanity Workers United, is working with the Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board to demand recognition from the corporate’s homeowners, in response to a Twitter announcement on Tuesday.

“Within the walls of our office, the trust between the staff and ownership has been eroded from years of abusive management,” the union stated in its assertion. “For too long, our employees have been kept in precarious, powerless, and outright toxic conditions. We acknowledge the removal of toxic management, but the issues in our company extend well beyond one person. In order for this business to survive, we need to confront both of these crises directly and without fear.”

Last week, Polygon printed a detailed report about what former staff described as a racist and sexist tradition that was pervasive at Cards Against Humanity. We spoke to 21 former staff in regards to the firm, lots of whom described this tradition as having trickled down from management. Several named former co-founder Max Temkin specifically. Temkin stepped down from the corporate on June 9, after allegations had been made public on social media, however will stay “a one-eight shareholder.”

The former staff informed Polygon that folks of coloration had been usually probably the most susceptible on the firm.

The Cards Against Humanity Workers Union stated it has “built a shared vision of the future for CAH.”

“To reimagine the CAH workplace and company, we must first approach our work in a way that necessitates being anti-racist, practicing equal accountability, radical transparency, and collaboration,” the employees stated within the union’s assertion. “As we work to build out the future of CAH, it is vital that we formally institutionalize these values and broaden the appeal of the game.”

According to the assertion, the union is demanding the corporate “immediately equalize [its] workplace,” the place lots of its staff are thought-about contractors with out “official” worker advantages. “To move forward as a company, all 1099 / contracted employees must immediately be given the choice of becoming full or part time ‘official’ employees,” the employees wrote.

Cards Against Humanity Workers United additionally acknowledged the accusations regarding the game itself: that it “delights the comfortable at the expense of the vulnerable.” It stated, in that regard, that it has didn’t make its “anti-racist and anti-bigoted values explicitly clear.” Workers stated unionization will assist the corporate grow to be “a better-equipped collaborator with the partners to steward CAH away from the many external and internal issues plaguing it.”

Cards Against Humanity has not responded to Polygon’s request for remark earlier than publication time.