Activision Blizzard - NLRB Election Filed!
On July 18th the Quality Assurance Testers at Activision Blizzard in Albany, NY became the second group of Activision Blizzard workers in the country to seek a union with CWA, following Activision Raven Software workers in Wisconsin who made history in May as the first major video game studio workers to vote to join a union.
The Albany workers announced the formation of the Albany Game Workers Alliance/CWA and have filed for an NLRB election to join CWA Local 1118.
"The Quality Assurance workers at Activision in Albany have made their voices heard and made it clear that they are willing to fight for their union rights," said CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor. "The company must recognize their union and allow the workers to organize freely so the workers can help foster the strong, stable work environment they deserve."
“There is absolutely no reason for Activision Blizzard to refuse to recognize the Blizzard Albany workers’ union,” said CWA Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens. “There is no doubt about what the workers want. Over 95% of the quality assurance testers have signed onto a vision statement requesting union recognition. Engaging in a protracted union election fight would further undermine morale and cement management’s legacy as enablers of a toxic, hostile work environment.”
Microsoft, in the process of acquiring Activision Blizzard, has agreed to remain neutral through the workers’ organizing process.
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