Proletariat is dropping its request for a unionization vote under the National Labor Relations Board. The Activison-Blizzard owned studio initially declared the intent to unionize the full studio in December.
Unionization efforts for Proletariat will head to an anonymous vote after some workers may have felt pressured to participate. A new statement from the workers' group is optimistic about ongoing discussions.
Activision Blizzard refuses to voluntarily recognize Proletariat unionization efforts, which will send the dispute over voter eligibility to the NLRB.
Representing about 300 QA workers across ZeniMax Studios, ZeniMax Workers United has officially voted to unionize under the CWA. Microsoft has formally recognized this, its very first union.
Proletariat, Inc, the studio that made the spell-slinging Battle Royale Spellbreak and recently was acquired by Activision Blizzard, announced today that the workers have organized into a union and are asking for management to voluntarily recognize the union.
About 300 QA workers at ZeniMax Studios have declared their intent to unionize. Microsoft, which owns the company, has vowed to remain neutral towards unionization and to recognize unions if employees vote for one.
Activision Blizzard has been named in an unfair labor practices complaint by the Communications Workers of America
QA testers at Blizzard Albany, which was known as Vicarious Visions until recently, have announced their intent to unionize, forming Game Workers Alliance Albany.
Microsoft has entered into a "labor neutrality agreement" with the Communications Workers of America, that will recognize employees' right to unionize and not get in their way. The terms will also apply to Activision Blizzard workers 60 days after that deal closes.
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has sent a memo stating that they will begin the process of negotiation with Raven Software's recently unionized employees.
Staffers at Activision Blizzard studio Raven Software voted today to be recognized as a union, with the vote successfully carrying the day. As such, this marks the first major US games union to be formed at a major studio.
The NLRB has found several violations by Activision Blizzard allegedly related to anti-unionization efforts, as the results of Raven Software's unionization vote could establish the first video game union after today's count.
After Activision Blizzard did not voluntarily recognize Game Workers Alliance's decision to unionize, the employees filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board, which decided in QA workers' favor today.
Activision Blizzard will make all temporary and contract QA workers full employees in July and boost minimum hourly pay to $20 this month.