Activision Blizzard accused of creating “futile” effort to disband Albany union

Unionisers at Activision Blizzard‘s Albany workplace have claimed that the corporate has taken “the low road” and is selecting to battle efforts to unionise, regardless of unsuccessfully attempting to cease a union at Raven Software from being shaped earlier within the 12 months.

In July, high quality assurance (QA) employees at Activision Blizzard’s Albany workplace – previously Vicarious Visions – introduced the formation of Game Workers Alliance Albany (GWA Albany), to battle for “an environment where our skills, ideals, & democratic decisions are valued and respected.”

Today (August 4), GWA Albany has posted a sequence of tweets that allege Activision Blizzard is making an attempt to “disband” the union and is making a “clear and conscious decision to deny us our basic labour rights.”

“Activision Blizzard’s management has once again decided to take the low road by choosing to fight against our union in spite of the fact that 95 per cent of us have signed union representation cards,” shared GWA Albany.

“After the failure to recognize the will of the workers at Raven Software, Activision has been given another chance to redeem itself in the eyes of not only its workers but also the public. There was reason to think this time could be different. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick had even sent a letter informing employees that the company would negotiate a contract with the Raven QA workers in good faith.”

“But in an unfortunate and unsurprising turn of events, the company has chosen to delay recognition of our union in an futile effort to disband it,” mentioned GWA Albany.

In May, QA employees at Warzone developer Raven Software gained a bid to unionise because the Game Workers Alliance. In the run-up to that unionisation, Activision Blizzard executives allegedly shared anti-union rhetoric, didn’t willingly recognise the union, and excluded unionisers from from a company-wide pay rise.

Looking forward, GWA Albany shared that it stays “willing to engage with management productively if Activision Blizzard King leadership will commit to high road labour standards. However, if Activision continues its hostility, we are more than ready to go forward and win the formal legal recognition our union deserves.”

In different information, EA has backtracked on a controversial change to The Sims 4‘s modding coverage.

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