On Friday, a federal labor panel ruled that a group of about 20 quality-assurance workers trying to unionize at Activision Blizzard, the assassinated video game company, met the requirements. to hold a union election.
In a 27-page decision, Jennifer Hadsall, regional director for the National Labor Relations Board, disagrees with Activision’s claim that the consolidation effort should be scrapped because the company recently announced public turn their QA testers on Raven gaming studio, where they previously worked on a team.
“There is no evidence that QA testers are being phased out or that their roles will change fundamentally with embedding,” Ms. Hadsall wrote.
She also disagrees with the company’s assertion that any union needs to include – and be voted on by – all workers in the 230-person Raven studio.
Raven quality assurance officers will vote by mail on whether they want to incorporate and be represented by the Communications Workers of America, and ballots will be counted on May 23.
Raven workers say they hope consolidation will lead to better job security: More than 60 people quit their jobs in December, protesting Activision’s decision to terminate the contracts of dozens of assurance workers temporary quality, which they consider abrupt and unfair.
“We are pleased that, after reviewing the evidence, the National Labor Relations Board has dismissed an attempt by Raven Software management to undermine our unionization efforts,” the employees said. quality assurance officer and the Communications Workers of America said in a joint statement. “It is time for Raven management to stop trying to prevent us from exercising our rights. We’re looking forward to voting for – and winning – our union. “
An Activision spokesperson said in a statement that the company is “disappointed that a decision that could significantly affect the future of our entire studio would be made by less than 10% of its employees.” we.” He added that the company is considering whether it can appeal the ruling.