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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Prez wrote on Jan 8, 2020, 12:52:
As with most everything as complicated as organized labor and the capitalist model the reality is far from either extreme that both sides project. There is a lot of truth to the claims made in the links provided by Cthulufan... but there is a lot of glossing over of inconvenient truths and omissions of facts that would provide a more complete representation of the subject such as why unions were formed in the first place and how historically they greatly improved the working conditions of the American worker. On the flip-side, I have been dealing with unions for most of my adult life, and know first-hand that there is a lot of what unions do that is, at best, counterproductive and, at worst, detrimental to the business its workers are employed by. There is just no denying that unions can be uncooperative, unrealistic, and unwilling to accept basic reality when at contract negotiations. They demand things that harm productivity and fly in the face of reality all the time. I've seen it many times over the course of almost 30 years.

What it comes down to, as has been stated previously, is that unions are a necessary evil in the modern work force. They stand as the only check and balance against unfettered capitalism which, let's face it, has nothing to do with proper treatment of workers. To pose raw capitalism as being at all inherently altruistic is either painfully naive or grossly misinformed. Unregulated capitalism is as brutal as any economic system ever devised.

First, and foremost, thank you for the thoughtful and non inflammatory reply. Civility will get you everywhere.

One thing I want to point out about your response is that it /seems/ like you assume unions are a permanent thing. IMO they should not be; they should spring up to address certain issues and disband when those issues have been addressed. Raw capitalism, as you say, is just freedom of exchange and not a system of government. I'm trying to remain salient and not diverge too much and failing ...
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