Workers at the studio formerly known as Vicarious Visions are trying to unite. On Tuesday, quality assurance officers at Blizzard Albany publicly announced that they had applied for union elections with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In one the group said it is seeking representation with the US Communications Workers.
About 20 workers involved in the effort call themselves the Albany Game Workers Union, a nod to the first union. . Like their colleagues at Raven Software, the QA staff at Blizzard Albany are looking for fairer compensation, more transparent pay, and better benefits. They also want to work with Activision Blizzard to create a process for dealing with workplace issues, including .
“QA is currently an underappreciated discipline in the game and software industry,” the team said. “We strive to foster a work environment where we are respected and compensated for the essential role we play in growth.” QA staff at Blizzard Albany say they asked Activision last week to recognize their union voluntarily. The publisher has acknowledged the request but has yet to share the decision.
“Our first priority remains our employees. We deeply respect the right of all employees by law to make their own decisions about whether or not to join a union,” an Activision Blizzard spokesperson told Engadget. “We believe that a direct company-employee relationship is the most productive. The company will publicly and officially provide feedback on the petition to the NLRB. “
In June, Microsoft it will respect all consolidation efforts at Activision Blizzard after the end to buy a publisher. In doing so, the company with the Communications Workers of the United States. Based on Activision Blizzard employees, including some at Blizzard Albany, plan to hold a walkout Thursday to demand better workplace protections in the wake of the Roe v. Wade.
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