The Communication Workers of America (CWA) has decided to withdraw its request for a unionization vote at Proletariat following massive push-back. According to the CWA, it blames Proletariat CEO Seth Sivak for responding to workers' desires with "confrontational tactics" that would create an unfair election.
News of the CWA's action comes from a report by GameIndustry.biz. The CWA stated Sivak "took the workers' concerns as a personal attack and held a series of meetings that demoralized and disempowered the group, making a free and fair election impossible."
The report continues: "As we have seen at Microsoft's Zenimax studio, there is another path forward, one that empowers workers through a free and fair process, without intimidation or manipulation by the employer."
The CWA mentions Sivak "chose to follow Activision Blizzard's lead" on the matter, which the publisher announced refusing to acknowledge the union and called for a formal vote with the National Labor Relations Board to "allow employees to get all the information and various points of view."
Any plans for Proletariat to unionize are dust in the wind now. They would have been the third of Activision Blizzard's studios to become a union alongside Raven Software and Blizzard Albany.
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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.
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