Federal labor board says Activision staff can maintain a union election.

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 carry a union election.

In a 27-page resolution, Jennifer Hadsall, a regional director of the Nationwide Labor Relations Board, disagreed with Activision’s declare that the trouble to unionize needs to be dismissed as a result of the corporate just lately unfold its high quality assurance testers throughout its Raven gaming studio, the place they beforehand labored in a crew.

“There was no proof that Q.A. testers are being eradicated or that their position would essentially change with the embed course of,” Ms. Hadsall wrote.

She additionally disagreed with the corporate’s assertion that any union would want 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 Employees of America, and the ballots can be counted on Might 23.

Raven employees have mentioned they hope unionizing will result in higher job safety: Greater than 60 walked out of labor in December, protesting Activision’s resolution to finish the contracts of a dozen non permanent high quality assurance employees, which they mentioned felt abrupt and unfair.

“We’re happy that after reviewing the proof, the Nationwide Labor Relations Board rejected Raven Software program administration’s makes an attempt to undermine our efforts to type a union,” the standard assurance employees and the Communications Employees of America mentioned in a joint assertion. “It’s now time for Raven administration to cease making an attempt to forestall us from exercising our rights. We’re wanting ahead to voting for — and profitable — our union.”

An Activision spokesman mentioned in an announcement that the corporate was “dissatisfied {that a} resolution that would considerably impression the way forward for our total studio can be made by fewer than 10 p.c of our staff.” He added that the corporate was reviewing whether or not it might enchantment the ruling.


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