Activision Blizzard is refusing to voluntarily acknowledge an worker union at its Proletariat Video games studio, as revealed in a note posted to the Proletariat Games blog yesterday and signed by “The Proletariat Management Workforce.”
The corporate stated it started the method to have a proper vote performed with the Nationwide Labor Relations Board, stating that lots of its workers would like to weigh in on the topic by way of an nameless course of.
“Apart from being the fairest possibility, this additionally permits workers to get all the data and varied factors of view,” the corporate stated. “This is a crucial determination, everybody deserves a while to course of it and to raised perceive its potential impacts.
“The Proletariat management is and has all the time been pro-worker.”
In its personal response statement, the Communication Employees of America union working with Proletariat workers to type the union disagreed.
“Our Proletariat management and higher administration at Activision have refused our requests to speak about neutrality and are forcing us by way of an NLRB election, regardless that a supermajority of our bargaining unit have signed union playing cards, and that isn’t pro-worker.
“Their actions this week have been proper out of the union-busting playbook utilized by Activision and so many others.”
The Proletariat workers first introduced their intent to arrange late final month.
Final yr noticed QA groups at Activision Blizzard’s Raven Software program and Blizzard Albany studios type unions, and in each circumstances the writer made them undergo the formal voting course of moderately than acknowledge the unions.
Final week, Activision Blizzard parent-in-waiting Microsoft has voluntarily acknowledged a QA union throughout its Zenimax studios as a part of a labor neutrality settlement it struck with the CWA final June with a purpose to get the union to drop its objection to the Activision Blizzard acquisition.