Amanda Laven, a QA employee involved in the studio’s union movement, said workers were frustrated with the company’s attempt to block their union election on the grounds that it only involved QA employees and not the studio as a whole.The National Labor Relations Board rejected Activision’s attempt to block union elections at its Wisconsin studio on similar grounds, but the company Appeal to the Labor Board The same is true in this case.
“It’s just a delaying tactic,” Ms. Lavine said in an interview before the votes were counted.
An Activision spokesperson said the company’s New York and Wisconsin operations are set up “very differently,” and believes the entire Albany studio should be eligible for the vote. The spokesman said the company was “considering various legal options”, including seeking to overturn the election results.
Activision employees seeking to unionize may find the company more receptive in the future.
In June, Microsoft announced an agreement with the Communications Workers of America, pledging that Microsoft would remain neutral if any of Activision’s U.S. employees sought to unionize after the acquisition.Activision has about 7,000 employees in the country, most of whom are eligible to join a trade union.
Microsoft has a motive for seeking a neutral deal: The politically powerful communications workers union has submit questions Regarding the acquisition, regulators are reviewing it. The union said its concerns about the takeover had been resolved after a neutral agreement was reached.
The company hinted at the time that it would extend the neutrality agreement to current Microsoft employees and said it was ready to “build on that.” When the union tried to organize QA staff at ZeniMax, it basically tested the proposal, and Microsoft stuck with it.
Microsoft may have additional reasons for taking a neutral stance. Showing it has a healthy relationship with organized labor could help the company complete acquisitions under a union-friendly Biden administration as scrutiny of deals mounts.
As if to emphasize the point, union president Chris Shelton met with the head of the FTC in October and urged the regulator not to block the deal.
Karen Weiser Contribution report.