Activision Blizzard On Verge Of Its Unionization Debut

  • Activision Blizzard, Inc ATVI unit Blizzard Albany's game testers voted to form a union months after it began negotiating with employees at its Wisconsin unit, the first in the company to unionize.
  • The workers based near Albany, New York, voted 14-0 to join the Communication Workers of America union, Reuters reports.
  • Blizzard Albany has developed installments of popular video game franchises, including Guitar Hero, Call of Duty, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.
  • Also Read: Activision Blizzard Withheld Raises From Unionizing Workers: Report
  • Activision had argued that Blizzard Albany's workforce of about 100 employees, including production workers, should have been involved in the union vote and not only game testers.
  • The NLRB rejected those, saying game testers could form their bargaining unit because they perform a distinct role, have separate supervision, and have significantly lower wages than other employees.
  • In 2022, Microsoft Corp MSFT said it would pay $69 billion to acquire Activision.
  • About two dozen Activision unit Raven Software employees voted to unionize in May. Activision recognized the union and began negotiations in June.
  • The NLRB accused Activision of violating federal labor law by threatening retaliation against workers who use social media to discuss working conditions
  • Price Action: ATVI shares traded higher by 1.22% at $76.69 on the last check Monday.
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