Mapbox Faces Union Drive as Labor Organizers Lengthen Push in Tech

Employees at Mapbox Inc., which makes mapping tools used by Instacart Inc. and Snap Inc., have announced their intention to unionize, making them the latest group of tech workers to embrace organized labor in a traditionally nonunion industry.

The union seeks to represent all 222 U.S. employees, technical or not, at the SoftBank Group Corp.-backed company. Nearly two-thirds of workers have already signed union cards with the Communications Workers of America, which has increasingly focused on tech workplaces in recent years.

Under U.S. law, companies have the option to recognize a union as soon as a majority of workers have signed cards, or to refuse to do so unless workers go through a government-supervised election, during which employers often campaign against unionization. Mapbox didn’t respond to a request for comment on whether it will voluntarily recognize the union.

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