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Blizzard Quality Assurance Workers In Albany ‘Become The Second Group’ Of Activision Blizzard Workers To Form A Union With The Communications Workers Of America

Published Thursday, July 21, 2022
by CWA News
Blizzard Quality Assurance Workers In Albany ‘Become The Second Group’ Of Activision Blizzard Workers To Form A Union With The Communications Workers Of America

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - A super-majority of Quality Assurance Testers at Blizzard Albany (formerly Vicarious Visions) have announced the formation of the Albany Game Workers Alliance/CWA (Communications Workers of America) and filed for a Union Representation Election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

And, the Workers have asked that Activision Blizzard management voluntarily recognize their Union and respect their right to organize without retaliation or interference.

The company acknowledged the request - but has not said whether or not they will recognize the Union.

“There's issues in the Video Game Industry that often go unnoticed because our work is seen as more of a passion instead of a job.  Quality Assurance Workers deserve fair treatment and proper compensation for the work we do which is why we chose to form a Union.  Building the Albany Game Workers Alliance/CWA with my fellow Co-Workers will create a mechanism that allows us to make our voices heard.  We know that by having a seat at the table our Union will not only give us structure and power, but also give us a path forward to improve our workplace because management won't be able to ignore us all anymore,” said Amanda Laven, an Associate Test Analyst at Blizzard Albany.

The Blizzard Albany Workers are the second group of Activision Blizzard Workers to request representation with CWA.

In May, Quality Assurance Workers at Activision’s Raven Software Studio in Wisconsin won their Union Election and became the first certified Union at Activision Blizzard.

Although Activision CEO Bobby Kotick eventually sent a letter informing Employees that Activision Blizzard would accept the results of the Raven QA Testers' Union Election and begin negotiations, the company had worked tirelessly to prevent the election from happening.

“There is absolutely no reason for Activision Blizzard to refuse to recognize the Blizzard Albany Workers’ Union,” CWA Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens said. “There is no doubt about what the Workers want.  Over (95%) of the Quality Assurance Testers have signed onto a vision statement requesting Union Recognition.  Recognizing the Union will show that Activision Blizzard’s management is serious about improving the company’s work environment.  Engaging in a protracted Union Election fight would further undermine morale and cement management’s legacy as enablers of a toxic, hostile work environment.”

Microsoft is in the process of acquiring Activision Blizzard, and has entered into a legally binding agreement with CWA to remain neutral when Workers want to organize a Union - which includes a streamlined process for choosing Union Representation. 

In a vision statement, the Members of the Albany Game Workers Alliance/CWA asked that Activision Blizzard management take the high road and follow Microsoft's decision and commit to a similar Labor Neutrality Agreement so that Activision Blizzard throughout the company may join a Union without fear of retaliation.

To Continue Reading This Labor News Report, Go To: https://cwa-union.org/news/releases/blizzard-quality-assurance-workers-in-albany-file-for-union-election

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