Citizen employees, the contentious real-time crime alert app, vote to unionize


Citizen employees, the contentious real-time crime alert app, vote to unionize


An overwhelming majority of employees at Citizen, the contentious real-time crime alert startup, voted in favor of organizing into a union.


An election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board resulted in a “strong majority” of approximately 70 eligible workers voting in favor of joining the Communications Workers of America, according to spokesperson Beth Allen. It is not yet known whether the results, which were first reported by Bloomberg News, will be certified by the National Labor Relations Board, which would be the final step before the union and Citizen can begin negotiating a new contract.


According to a filing with the National Labor Relations Board, full-time and regular part-time employees in the company’s central operations department were eligible to vote. In addition, the department is in charge of condensing police and other dispatches into real-time alerts and making them accessible to users who are in close proximity to the incidents.


Several negative articles have been written about Citizen and its CEO, Andrew Frame, leading to the labor dispute. This year, the company offered a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of an alleged arson suspect, marking the first time the company had done so. The individual, on the other hand, was not the source of the fire. When the suspect’s information was broadcasted, the four-year-old startup used a new product called OnAir in its app, according to the lawsuit. However, the company claims it did not follow its own verification protocols before distributing information.


The employees, according to reports, decided to unionize because they were concerned about losing their jobs as a result of outsourced work to contractors. The employees first petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in September, expressing their desire to form a union. The Communications Workers of America (CWA) represents hundreds of thousands of workers at public and private companies, including AT&T, which owns CNN.


In a statement, Citizen stated that it would “continue our mission of making the world a safer place for our users.” As a result of this process, we’ve learned how to collaborate more effectively in order to deliver better results for our users, which is something we’re still considering as we consider our next steps based on this initial tally.


Citizen claims to have approximately 200 employees and has raised $132 million in funding from well-known venture capital firms such as Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund and Sequoia Capital, according to the company.