Activision Blizzard's Anti-Union Tactics Are Ineffective As QA Testers At Raven Software Mail Voting Ballots
In the face of last-resort union-busting meetings and emails, these employees aren't swayed.
The Raven Software and Activision Blizzard debacle seem to be coming to a head this month. Despite the many attempts to steer roughly 30 quality assurance testers at Raven away from unionizing, the employees told The Washington Post that their efforts are "disappointing and ineffective." With that type of statement alone, it's clear that Raven Software's QA testers will attempt to lead the company to unionize, but anything can change between now and their ballot deadline on May 20.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) mailed out ballots to the QA testers at Raven during the pay period ending on April 16. They will count all votes on May 23 in Milwaukee during a live video conference. Since NLRB greenlit the union vote, the 30 QA testers voting have endured many forms of anti-union determent from meetings and emails. In one instance, management at Raven Software held a town hall meeting on April 26, stating that unionization would impede game development and affect promotions and benefits. Additionally, the employees received an email that read "Please vote no," and other consistent instances of union-busting.
In the case of Activision Blizzard spokesperson Rich George on April 22, he stated to The Washington Post that the Call of Duty publishing giant is "disappointed that a decision that could significantly impact the future of [the] entire studio will be made by fewer than 10 percent of [its] employees." With that in mind, it's no wonder that Activision is adamant about rejecting unionization. But it is a tad unfair to single out a minority of the studio when Activision claims to "believe a direct relationship with team members is the best path to achieving individual and company goals." Unions don't crop up unless there's a disconnect between the company and its individuals, in which case, Activision failed at maintaining a close relationship with the members churning out their IPs.
As mentioned before, Raven Software's unionization won't be official until the ballot counting by NLRB on May 23. We'll cover the announcement when the day arrives to keep you abreast of what's happening. But what's your opinion in all of this? Let's talk about it in the comments!
- Always Online Podcast: Blue Protocol, Dark & Darker Has Big Problems, Is E3 Gone For Good, And WTF Multiversus?!? Ep 468
- Why Activision Blizzard And NetEase Partnership Really Ended: "Threats" And More
- The UK’s CMA Shrinks The Scope Of Investigation Into Microsoft ABK Merger. Says "Won't Hurt Competition"
About the Author
Anthony Jones is a gaming journalist and late 90s kid in love with retro games and the evolution of modern gaming. He started at Mega Visions as a news reporter covering the latest announcements, rumors, and fan-made projects. FFXIV has his heart in the MMORPGs scene, but he's always excited to analyze and lose hours to ambitious and ambiguous MMOs that gamers follow.
Zephyr and Chroma Prime Return To Warframe's Prime Vault For A Limited Time
You can unlock them instantaneously or earn them by collecting Void Relics.By Anthony Jones - 10 months ago
You May Enjoy
Canadian Judge Rejects "Unlawful Gambling" Accusation In EA Loot Box Class-Action Lawsuit
The claim may proceed, around "unconscionability," but not around gambling.By Matthew D'Onofrio - 1 week ago
PAX East 2023: Digital Extremes Drops New "Venomess" Wayfinder, Coming In Season One At Launch
Season One on PC and PlayStation kicks off Early Access in May.By QuintLyn Bowers - 1 week ago
The Tremere Update Is Now Live For Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt
This patch adds a new Clan, a fresh Archetype, and a state-of-the-art Armory training facility.By Matthew D'Onofrio - 4 days ago
Pre-registration Is Open For XLGames’ Blockchain MMO ArcheWorld
The game is leaving Asia and headed West.By QuintLyn Bowers - 3 days ago
GDC 2023: Nuverse Will Discuss New Game Development AI Which Brings Advances To NPC Speech And Animation
Skynet is launching.By Troy Blackburn - 1 week ago
Operation: Accolade Is Out Now For Insurgency: Sandstorm, Includes Fan-Made Map
New map, weapons, cosmetics, and more.By Troy Blackburn - 2 days ago