Quality assurance workers at Blizzard Albany recently voted in favor of forming a union. This is the second union to be formed within Activision-Blizzard following the creation of Raven Software’s union this past May.
The group of about 20 workers, dubbed the Gamer Workers Alliance Albany, was told to vote in October. However, Activision-Blizzard requested the vote be delayed so that it could be reviewed by the company’s board. In the end, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) denied that request, allowing the vote to take place, leading to the creation of the union.
The vote was held on December 2nd. None of the eligible voters voted against the formation of this union.
“It took an unbelievable amount of work and perseverance to move this fight forward,” said Blizzard Albany associate test analyst Amanda Deep. “With this victory, we’re advocating for ourselves and each other because we care deeply about our work and the games we make. Organizing has empowered all of us to fight hard for the dignity and respect every worker deserves on the job.”
GWA Albany first announced plans to unionize this summer. According to Polygon, the organization will begin preparing for contract negotiations with Activision-Blizzard once the vote is certified by the NLRB.
(All information was provided by Polygon)
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