Updated · Nov 16, 2022
Activision Employees Set to Form Company’s Second Union
Updated · Jul 20, 2022
QA testers in Blizzard Albany are gearing up to be the second group to organize a union.
A group of Activision workers in Albany, New York, is attempting to form a union two months after the first one became formally recognized.
The Quality Assurance (QA) testers issued a statement on Tuesday declaring which areas the new union will look to bolster for the workers.
“QA is currently an undervalued discipline in the games and software industries. We strive to foster work environments where we are respected and compensated for our essential role in the development process,” the statement said. “We demand an environment where our skills, ideals, & democratic decisions are valued and respected.”
The union says it wants to secure benefits for its members. That includes fair compensation and addressing disparities in pay and titles. It requested formal recognition from the gaming company.
In May, another group of QA testers in Activision’s Raven Software subsidiary voted to form the company’s first union. The aspiring unionists in Albany consider the feat an inspiration that spurred their efforts. Unions are not common in the tech industry, where pay is relatively higher than in most other sectors.
Activision, currently completing a $69 billion takeover deal with Microsoft, responded to the petition:
“We deeply respect the rights of all our employees under the law to make their own decisions about whether or not to join a union,” a spokesperson said. “We believe that a direct relationship between the company and its employees is the most productive relationship.”
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