Raven Software Staff Vote To Unionize, But Contract Negotiations Won't Be Easy
The vote means the Game Workers Alliance is the first AAA game union in North America.
It is official, Raven Software’s QA workers have voted to form the Game Workers Alliance union. Of the 28 employees that were eligible to vote, 24 actually submitted. Two of the votes were rendered invalid but wouldn’t have made a difference one way or another as the final vote was 19 for and three against.
With the voting finished, the Game Workers Alliance will now allow members to bargain with Activision Blizzard over their contracts rather than simply having to accept what the company gives them, and they will likely start trying to do so soon. But, with Blizzard’s recent attempts to stop the Raven from unionizing in the first place, they’re probably going to make the process as difficult as possible.
Potential hindrances aside, the good news here is that Raven has a place to work from. It may also be the catalyst for other companies to follow suit. Of course, it will take time.
Note: Activision Blizzard is still under investigation by the state of California for serious harassment charges. CEO Bobby Kotick is alleged to have known about such actions within his company – and performed some himself – and shielded the perpetrators from consequences.
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