Video Game and Tech Workers Unionization Campaign

A story on the Los Angeles Times outlines an effort by the Communications Workers of America to unionize employees of video game and tech companies. This involves what's called the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE, get it?). This arises from a grassroots effort from a couple of years ago called Game Workers Unite rather than the pitch last year from the AFL-CIO. The article also reports a separate new formal relationship between the Toronto chapter of Game Workers Unite with the Communications Workers of America. The story details some of the issues facing the game industry, including crunch, production schedule-related layoffs, and forced arbitration of sexual harassment and workplace discrimination claims. Here's a bit more quoting both CWA lead organizer Tom Smith and Game Workers Unite co-founder Emma Kinema:
The new project charts a path away from organizing video game workers along the Hollywood craft union model. SAG-AFTRA has represented video game voice actors for years, and called a strike in 2017 over pay and royalty structures. But CWA largely follows the industrial union model, which organizes entire companies at once rather than splitting workers who perform different jobs into specialized unions.

Smith, for his part, said that CWA could accommodate craft-based organizing if that’s what video game or tech workers want, emphasizing that the workers will ultimately decide how to organize. But Kinema saw the decision to join CWA in starker terms.

“We believe workers are strongest when they’re together in one shop in one union, so the disciplines can’t be pitted against each other—none of that’s good for the workers,” Kinema said. “I think in games and tech the wall-to-wall industrial model is the best fit.”
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Re: Video Game and Tech Workers Unionization Campaign
Jan 7, 2020, 13:35
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Cutter wrote on Jan 7, 2020, 13:14:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 7, 2020, 12:57:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jan 7, 2020, 12:51:
All I see are people who created a union to get rich without actually doing anything good.

Unions are trash these days. They hide crappy employees under seniority umbrellas and grievances.


Here is the self destructive mentality common in non-millionaire people these days, mostly in the US, but other countries also. "Screw Unions, I want to be fired at any time, for any reason, and work 7 days a week, 60 hours a day for no extra pay!"

Unions are a necessary evil. Sure, some scammers skate by, but without unions, workers have zero protections and usually no bargaining power at all.

Any protections you currently DO have at any job is most likely due to the historical work of unions. Why people continually want to erode their own rights and protections, nobody can logically explain.


Spoken like someone who's never belonged to an actual union before. Unions are great in principle but in practice they suck.
Statements like yours come from people who think employees should have no rights and from those duped by the former group.
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Re: Video Game and Tech Workers Unionization Campaign
Jan 7, 2020, 13:34
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The funny thing about CODE is it breaks often due to human error.
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Re: Video Game and Tech Workers Unionization Campaign
Jan 7, 2020, 13:30
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Question:

If they do unionize, are we going to see more microtransactions in games to offset the development costs?
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Re: Video Game and Tech Workers Unionization Campaign
Jan 7, 2020, 13:28
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Nimh wrote on Jan 7, 2020, 13:12:
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 7, 2020, 12:58:
If any group needs Unionization and the protection it affords it's the video game industry.


All tech. workers would benefit.
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Re: Video Game and Tech Workers Unionization Campaign
Jan 7, 2020, 13:14
Cutter
 
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Jan 7, 2020, 13:14
 Cutter
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 7, 2020, 12:57:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jan 7, 2020, 12:51:
All I see are people who created a union to get rich without actually doing anything good.

Unions are trash these days. They hide crappy employees under seniority umbrellas and grievances.


Here is the self destructive mentality common in non-millionaire people these days, mostly in the US, but other countries also. "Screw Unions, I want to be fired at any time, for any reason, and work 7 days a week, 60 hours a day for no extra pay!"

Unions are a necessary evil. Sure, some scammers skate by, but without unions, workers have zero protections and usually no bargaining power at all.

Any protections you currently DO have at any job is most likely due to the historical work of unions. Why people continually want to erode their own rights and protections, nobody can logically explain.


Spoken like someone who's never belonged to an actual union before. Unions are great in principle but in practice they suck.
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Re: Video Game and Tech Workers Unionization Campaign
Jan 7, 2020, 13:12
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RedEye9 wrote on Jan 7, 2020, 12:58:
If any group needs Unionization and the protection it affords it's the video game industry.


All tech. workers would benefit.
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If any group needs Unionization and the protection it affords it's the video game industry.

The third rule of "Fight Club"—wear a mask.
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Re: Video Game and Tech Workers Unionization Campaign
Jan 7, 2020, 12:57
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Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jan 7, 2020, 12:51:
All I see are people who created a union to get rich without actually doing anything good.

Unions are trash these days. They hide crappy employees under seniority umbrellas and grievances.


Here is the self destructive mentality common in non-millionaire people these days, mostly in the US, but other countries also. "Screw Unions, I want to be fired at any time, for any reason, and work 7 days a week, 60 hours a day for no extra pay!"

Unions are a necessary evil. Sure, some scammers skate by, but without unions, workers have zero protections and usually no bargaining power at all.

Any protections you currently DO have at any job is most likely due to the historical work of unions. Why people continually want to erode their own rights and protections, nobody can logically explain.

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Re: Video Game and Tech Workers Unionization Campaign
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All I see are people who created a union to get rich without actually doing anything good.

Unions are trash these days. They hide crappy employees under seniority umbrellas and grievances.

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Jan 7, 2020, 11:36
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Bill Borre wrote on Jan 7, 2020, 11:17:
I wonder if coders really want to be unionized with artists.
A larger organization with a broader audience has more bargaining power than a smaller more focused one.
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I wonder if coders really want to be unionized with artists.
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