A worker files a labor complaint against Nintendo

A worker has accused Nintendo and staff agency Aston Carter of violating the National Labor Relations Act, according to a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filing released Monday. Axios first reported the complaint.

Under the National Labor Relations Act, workers are protected by law in their right to form and organize a trade union. The suit, filed Monday in Washington, names Nintendo and Aston Carter, an employment agency that uses Nintendo like hiring workers at jobs. The anonymous worker alleges that Nintendo and Aston Carter were engaged in “agreed actions” such as retaliation, termination, denial of hire, or disciplinary action against organized workers; “Coercive acts”, such as the surveillance of such workers; and “coercive statements,” such as threats or promises of benefits. The National Labor Relations Act 1935 is intended to protect workers from unfair labor practices associated with organized efforts.

The law was filed Monday. The data in these documents were not immediately available to the public, but the public record. Nintendo did not respond to Polygon’s request for comment.

Nintendo of America is based in Redmond, Washington, and is a subsidiary of the Japanese company Nintendo. Nintendo has a total of 27 subsidiaries and more than 6,500 employees, according to a Corporate Responsibility report published in 2021.

With this law, Nintendo of America enters an increasing number of large video game companies that have recently been charged with labor violations. The NLRB is in a labor dispute between Activision Blizzard management and QA employees at its subsidiary Raven Software. QA workers at Raven Software announced their intention to join a union earlier this year; these employees, known as the Game Workers’ Coalition, are awaiting a procedural decision from the NLRB before a formal vote to agree.

At Activision Blizzard, hundreds of workers managed to leave the job in 2021 following a report from the Wall Street Journal detailing Kotick ‘s knowledge of employee misconduct.

The latest lawsuit from the NLRB comes at a time when video game workers are pushing for unionism. Last year, developer Vodeo Games became the first North American video game studio certification union after it was voluntarily recognized by management. In 2020, game writers hired by Voltage Entertainment went on strike, winning, after 21 days without official union recognition, a first in the gaming industry. And in the board game industry, United Paizo Workers and Cards Against Humanity Workers United established unions in 2021 and 2020, respectively.


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