A federal labor board dominated on Friday that a group of about 20 high quality assurance employees trying to unionize at Activision Blizzard, the beleaguered online game firm, met the necessities to hold a union election.
In a 27-page resolution, Jennifer Hadsall, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board, disagreed with Activision’s declare that the hassle to unionize needs to be dismissed as a result of the corporate not too long ago unfold its high quality assurance testers throughout its Raven gaming studio, the place they beforehand labored in a staff.
“There was no evidence that Q.A. testers are being eliminated or that their role would fundamentally change with the embed process,” Ms. Hadsall wrote.
She additionally disagreed with the corporate’s assertion that any union would wish to incorporate — and be voted on by — all the employees within the 230-person Raven studio.
Raven high quality assurance employees will vote by mail on whether or not they need to unionize and be represented by the Communications Workers of America, and the ballots will probably be counted on May 23.
Raven employees have stated they hope unionizing will result in higher job safety: More than 60 walked out of labor in December, protesting Activision’s resolution to finish the contracts of a dozen short-term high quality assurance employees, which they stated felt abrupt and unfair.
“We are pleased that after reviewing the evidence, the National Labor Relations Board rejected Raven Software management’s attempts to undermine our efforts to form a union,” the standard assurance employees and the Communications Workers of America stated in a joint assertion. “It’s now time for Raven management to stop trying to prevent us from exercising our rights. We are looking forward to voting for — and winning — our union.”
An Activision spokesman stated in a assertion that the corporate was “disappointed that a decision that could significantly impact the future of our entire studio will be made by fewer than 10 percent of our employees.” He added that the corporate was reviewing whether or not it may attraction the ruling.