Video game workers from a division at game publisher Activision Blizzard wait to see if the first union was formed at a large American video game company.
A vote on Monday will reveal the election results affecting a small group of Wisconsin-based quality assurance testers at Raven Software from Activision Blizzard, which develops the popular Call of Duty game franchise.
The unionization campaign of the employees of the Raven office in Middleton, Wisconsin was part of an extensive internal innovation at Activision Blizzard, a Santa Monica, California-based gaming conglomerate with approximately 10,000 employees worldwide.
The game publisher, in the process of being acquired by Microsoft for nearly $69 billion, has been criticized by the government and some shareholders, and has recently settled a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging that management has ignored sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace against female employees. .
Microsoft said it would not interfere with unionization efforts.
The National Labor Relations Board’s Milwaukee office will count ballots mailed to you on Monday afternoon. The local NLRB director rejected an attempt to get Activision, which ordered the May elections, to include a broader category of Raven workers.
Activision Blizzard said in a statement Monday that it respects workers’ right to vote in unions but criticizes the way workers are classified.
The company said, “We believe that no less than 10% of Raven employees should make important decisions that will affect the entire Raven Software studio of approximately 350 employees.”
During the pandemic, interest in organized work increased,, Amazon and Apple. These efforts have led to a nationwide labor shortage and record numbers of Americans. It gives more influence to workers who want to unionize.