Several members of the QA Raven Software team have been pondering the upcoming union election in the studio ahead of the May 23 vote count.
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The forthcoming union elections come after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) confirmed last month that Raven Software’s team could stand for election, after the team went on strike and formed the Game Union Workers’ Union (GWA) due to a treatment received from Activision Blizzard.
In the past five months, about thirty QA employees at Raven Software have tried to establish a union and improve working conditions, and an anonymous staff member testified yesterday (May 9) to the Washington Post“Finally, all the hard work that we have done over the last five months is worth voting for.”
“Given that Activision has always tried in every way to stop our union, it is clear that unity is essential in this company,” they said.
Current employees of Raven Software also said management is struggling to send messages and hold meetings about the election, and chief executives reiterated the idea at a town hall meeting on April 26 that union could make it more difficult to develop games.
Several staff members told Washington Post that trade union pressure from management was ineffective, since they still voted in favor of establishing it.
“While we respect the NLRB process, we are disappointed that less than 10% of our employees are making a decision that could have a significant impact on the future of our entire studio,” an Activision Blizzard spokesperson wrote. “We believe that direct relationships with team members are the best way to achieve individual and company goals.”
The news broke last week that New York City is now suing Activision Blizzard and wanting to see its files, saying that the merger with Microsoft is “far below the core values” of Activision Blizzard, and that it approves its CEO , Bobby Kotick, “is all about responsibility and accountability.”
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