Workers at the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter made history Tuesday when they voted to unionize, making them the first in the industry to do so in the latest grassroots victory for tech workers.The 47-36 vote in favor of forming a union makes Kickstarter United the first union of white-collar, full-time workers in the tech sector, NBC News reported. Employees including designers, writers, engineers, and software developers, all voted in favor of forming the union.#KickstarterUnited has now been certified by the NLRB:We Are A Union!!!pic.twitter.com/l6W91lILKU— Kickstarter United (@ksr_united) February 18, 2020\u0022Utilizing our collective power to improve our workplace and our professional lives will increase Kickstarter\u0026#039;s ability to have a radical, positive impact on society by allowing us all to advocate for workers\u0026#039; rights, which is a core pillar of the fight against inequality,\u0022 Oriana Leckert, a spokesperson for Kickstarter United, told The Hill.\u0022Utilizing our collective power to improve our workplace and our professional lives will increase Kickstarter\u0026#039;s ability to have a radical, positive impact on society by allowing us all to advocate for workers\u0026#039; rights, which is a core pillar of the fight against inequality,\u0022 —Oriana Leckert, Kickstarter UnitedThe National Labor Relations Board oversaw the vote after 18 months of negotiations between union organizers at Kickstarter and the company\u0026#039;s management.At least two organizers reported that they were fired during the dispute, and two others said they were forced out of their jobs by intimidation tactics from the management. In December, the two sides reached a neutrality agreement, with employees agreeing not to speak to the press about negotiations if the company stopped its campaign trying to dissuade workers from unionizing.During the dispute, journalists who had used Kickstarter to fund their projects expressed their \u0022unequivocal support\u0022 for the workers.\u0022It is impossible to partner with a company that does not respect its workers and is not willing to honor their rights,\u0022 wrote the editorial staffs of Current Affairs, The Baffler, and other online publications. \u0022Kickstarter\u0026#039;s unlawful and unethical actions threaten to do significant damage to its platform, and to the creators who rely on it.\u0022Following the long fight to form a union through the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), Kickstarter workers plan to head to the negotiating table with management to discuss pay equity, diversity in hiring, platform moderation, and other issues.\u0022It\u0026#039;s been a long journey, but now the real work is ahead of us!\u0022 tweeted the newly-formed union.We are so truly grateful to everyone who has supported us along the way, especially @OPEIU \u0026amp; @153Local. It\u0026#039;s been a long journey, but now the real work is ahead of us! And to all tech and creative workers looking to fight for your rights, this is only just the beginning!— Kickstarter United (@ksr_united) February 18, 2020\u0022Workers want to be able to participate in critical product decisions without retaliation, to change how the company handles sexual harassment, how it addresses gender discrimination, and they want to take on future challenges with a healthy power structure,\u0022 Clarissa Redwine, who says she was fired for organizing, told NBC News.Labor leaders and supporters applauded the workers for their hard-won success.Way to go, @ksr_united! Awesome to have your voice in the #1u family!— Sara Nelson (@FlyingWithSara) February 18, 2020Congratulations, #KickstarterUnited!This is a HUGE win for the staff at @Kickstarter. New York City is a union town. When working people stand together, we ALL win! https://t.co/OsoVxasZlW— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) February 18, 2020The formation of Kickstarter United follows a swell in political activism among Silicon Valley workers. In 2018 Google employees pressured the company not to renew its government contract to develop artificial intelligence for new drone technology. Amazon workers last year demanded their companies do their part for climate justice by implementing plans to end carbon emissions.\u0026nbsp;\u0022To all tech and creative workers looking to fight for your rights, this is only just the beginning!\u0022 tweeted the union.