Activision Blizzard faces criticism from the union for not including Raven Software workers in the pay rise

CWA called Activision’s rationale for not including Raven workers in the pay rise “dishonest” and “annoying.”


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As we reported yesterday, Activision Blizzard will give more than a thousand QA employees full-time jobs. This comes after numerous reports of contracted testers being abused in the workplace, with many claiming that full-time positions were often promised in exchange for excessive overtime but never given. However, despite the good news, it was quickly determined that Raven Software’s QA contractors would not win as they are currently involved in union efforts.

Today, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) – a union that has supported Activision workers for some time – slammed the gaming giant for making the “annoying” decision. The union says Activision’s claim that granting full-time contracts while they’re unionizing would violate the National Labor Relations Act is “disingenuous”. The group goes on to say that this is “clearly an attempt to divide workers and undermine their efforts to form a union,” and called on Activision to extend job listings to the workers who are most vocal in demanding better conditions at the company have used.

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“Make no mistake, credit for Activision Blizzard’s recent move to give all temporary and contingent QA team members full-time employment and a pay raise should go to the workers who have organized, mobilized and spoken up,” says CWA- Secretary and Treasurer Sara Steffens in a statement to TheGamer. “It is particularly upsetting that Activision has excluded Raven Software QA personnel who have been at the forefront of this effort from these benefits.


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“Activision’s insincere announcement is further evidence that workers need to have a protected voice in the workplace. We urge Activision Blizzard to correct this situation and to respect the Raven QA workers’ legally protected right to organize.”

The National Labor Relations Act is the law that guarantees US workers the right to form unions and participate in collective bargaining, such as Take, for example, the strikes that Raven Software employees recently took part in. Speaking to The Verge, Raven Software Vice President Brian Raffel said, “Due to our legal obligations under the National Labor Relations Act, we are currently prohibited from making any new types of compensation changes at Raven.” It is worth noting that the ongoing process of unionizing However, organizing hasn’t stopped the company from allegedly relocating QA testers to marketing departments to stop union organizing efforts. Management also appeared to be holding mandatory anti-union meetings for employees to discourage them from organizing.

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