Activision Blizzard Won't Voluntarily Recognize New Union

Activision Blizzard says it is not voluntarily recognizing the union that the Raven QA department recently voted to form. The vote ended a strike, as Raven said it expected good faith negotiations, which have subsequently failed. Saying "we deeply respect the rights of all employees to make their own decisions about whether or not to join a union," Activision Blizzard offers an official statement about why they are refusing to voluntarily recognize said union at this time. Here it is courtesy of Game Informer:

“At Activision Blizzard, we deeply respect the rights of all employees to make their own decisions about whether or not to join a union. We carefully reviewed and considered the CWA initial request last week and tried to find a mutually acceptable solution with the CWA that would have led to an expedited election process. Unfortunately, the parties could not reach an agreement.

We expect that the union will be moving forward with the filing of a petition to the NLRB for an election. If filed, the company will respond formally to that petition promptly. The most important thing to the company is that each eligible employee has the opportunity to have their voice heard and their individual vote counted, and we think all employees at Raven should have a say in this decision.

Across the company, we believe that a direct relationship between managers and team members allows us to quickly respond and deliver the strongest results and opportunities for employees. As a result of these direct relationships, we’ve made a number of changes over the past couple years including raising minimum compensation for Raven QA employees by 41 percent, extending paid time off, expanding access to medical benefits for employees and their significant others, and transitioning more than 60 percent of temporary Raven QA staff into full-time employees. We look forward to continuing a direct dialogue with our team and working together to make our workplace better.”
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Re: Activision Blizzard Won't Voluntarily Recognize New Union
Jan 26, 2022, 11:01
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Re: Activision Blizzard Won't Voluntarily Recognize New Union Jan 26, 2022, 11:01
Jan 26, 2022, 11:01
 
Why voluntarily recognize a union when you can wait for a vote and then just rig it.
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Jan 26, 2022, 11:12
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Re: Activision Blizzard Won't Voluntarily Recognize New Union Jan 26, 2022, 11:12
Jan 26, 2022, 11:12
 
Microsoft has their own QA testers, they just acquired Activision Blizzard... Raven QA going to get redundancy dismissed most likely.
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Re: Activision Blizzard Won't Voluntarily Recognize New Union Jan 26, 2022, 11:12
Jan 26, 2022, 11:12
 
I am shocked. SHOCKED!
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Jan 26, 2022, 12:15
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Re: Activision Blizzard Won't Voluntarily Recognize New Union Jan 26, 2022, 12:15
Jan 26, 2022, 12:15
 
God forbid they have any sort of decent work life or life in general. Meanwhile monsters like Nodick make billions for doing nothing.
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Jan 26, 2022, 12:45
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Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jan 26, 2022, 11:12:
Microsoft has their own QA testers, they just acquired Activision Blizzard... Raven QA going to get redundancy dismissed most likely.

Everyone is talking like it's already happened. The acquisition doesn't go into effect for three years m8. What are they to do in the mean time?
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Jan 26, 2022, 13:12
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Re: Activision Blizzard Won't Voluntarily Recognize New Union Jan 26, 2022, 13:12
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Hardline Mike wrote on Jan 26, 2022, 11:01:
Why voluntarily recognize a union when you can wait for a vote and then just rig it.

Ahem, Amazon (and others). Many people lament the loss of "good paying jobs" that existed decades ago. They like to say it was because we had strong manufacturing and other industries that paid well. The industry or type of work had nothing to do with it. Jobs paid well when we had strong unions across the country, and politicians who weren't bought out by corporate interests, working with corporations to erode workers' rights and pay.
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Jan 26, 2022, 13:42
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Basically "we're not going to od anything and let Microsoft handle it because we dont fucking care"
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Re: Activision Blizzard Won't Voluntarily Recognize New Union
Jan 26, 2022, 13:57
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Jan 26, 2022, 13:57
 
its not like it matters they can just fire everyone and use microsofts QA in a year. Looks like they may have a union for a few month before never being employed by any QA company ever again.
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Jan 26, 2022, 15:39
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jamiedj99 wrote on Jan 26, 2022, 13:57:
its not like it matters they can just fire everyone and use microsofts QA in a year. Looks like they may have a union for a few month before never being employed by any QA company ever again.

No, they can't. You can fire people just because they're in a union/have unionized. However, what they can, and will likely do, is simply fold the company and rehire non-union peeps. They'll give them a token severance package and say, 'buh-bye' instead.


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Jan 26, 2022, 16:39
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Re: Activision Blizzard Won't Voluntarily Recognize New Union Jan 26, 2022, 16:39
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Fion wrote on Jan 26, 2022, 12:45:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jan 26, 2022, 11:12:
Microsoft has their own QA testers, they just acquired Activision Blizzard... Raven QA going to get redundancy dismissed most likely.

Everyone is talking like it's already happened. The acquisition doesn't go into effect for three years m8. What are they to do in the mean time?


Three years? No, deal is expected to be finalized Fiscal year 2023. We're in FY2022 currently.
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Jan 26, 2022, 18:42
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The point isn't whether they'll be at Activision-Blizzard in five years. This is the first union of video game developers/staff at a publicly traded game company anywhere. Blizzard is only the first chapter. The idea is that by the time A-B becomes Microsoft, many companies' workers will be associated with it, potentially even Microsoft's. It'll give employees who can't get good working conditions (and the last few years have shown us how common that is, sadly) an option.

Raven is just the beachhead, not the battle.
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Jan 26, 2022, 22:19
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Jan 26, 2022, 22:19
 Jivaro
 
Nobody actually believed they would.
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Re: Activision Blizzard Won't Voluntarily Recognize New Union
Jan 27, 2022, 02:08
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Re: Activision Blizzard Won't Voluntarily Recognize New Union Jan 27, 2022, 02:08
Jan 27, 2022, 02:08
 
Funny thing is people expect their work conditions to improve, but unions aren't allowed. How's that working out for ya?
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Re: Activision Blizzard Won't Voluntarily Recognize New Union
Jan 27, 2022, 07:00
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Re: Activision Blizzard Won't Voluntarily Recognize New Union Jan 27, 2022, 07:00
Jan 27, 2022, 07:00
 
It'd be interesting to see what effect CWA would have on a huge corporation. I know down here in AZ I was a part of the CWA in a small company and all they did was champion the owner; total waste of time and did nothing in the 5 years I was there. Oh yeah and there was also the fact that the company did not even have a contract with the union for 8 years while the company I worked at made shit tons of money off of Democratic campaigns because it was supposedly "union labor", lol.
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