Microsoft says it is going to respect the end result of the present union drive from staff at Activision Blizzard, irrespective of the end result.
The union of Raven Software employees – known as the Game Workers Alliance (GWA) – shaped initially of this yr and gave studio proprietor Activision Blizzard time to recognise it, which the corporate failed to accomplish that. This led the GWA to file a union election with the National Labour Relations Board (NLRB).
Now 15 Raven Software staff, which is one of the studios growing Call Of Duty: Warzone, have signed a letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella asking the corporate to encourage Activision Blizzard to voluntarily recognise the GWA. As reported by The Washington Post, Microsoft has responded to the letter saying it “will not stand in the way” of Activision Blizzard recognising the union.
“Microsoft respects Activision Blizzard employees’ right to choose whether to be represented by a labour organisation and we will honour those decisions,” stated Lisa Tanzi, Microsoft’s company vice chairman and normal counsel.
Parts of Raven Software’s letter to Microsoft have been additionally revealed by The Washington Post, with signatures denouncing Activision Blizzard’s retained regulation agency Reed Smith, because it was revealed final month that the agency had a PowerPoint slide titled “types of employees unions exploit.”
This slide acknowledged that unions apparently exploit “lazy, non-productive, or inefficient” staff, “whiner and complainer[s]” and people “overqualified for [their] current job position.”
According to a tweet from Jessica Gonzalez, a founder and organiser of the GWA, the PowerPoint slide was become a mousepad at the side of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), a labour union that helped kind the GWA.
“I hope that you will agree that this demeaning and insulting approach to employees who are seeking to improve their workplace should not be tolerated,” learn the letter from Raven Software employees.
In response, director of company communications at Reed Smith, Phill McGowan, stated “the content of this presentation was created for a workshop in 2013 by lawyers who no longer work at the firm.”
“It does not reflect the way our firm thinks about the rights of employees and employers. These slides have no bearing on the pending CWA representation petition, and were not prepared or used by the lawyers representing Activision Blizzard.”
The group of Raven Software staff within the GWA union are presently ready for a decide’s ruling on what “the eligible group of workers who can vote to unionise should be,” in accordance to The Washington Post.
Activision Blizzard has been embroiled in a office circumstances scandal since final yr, with Raven Software employees ending a strike over working circumstances this January.
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