QA testers at Blizzard Albany have gained the suitable to vote on whether or not to kind a union. The choice comes after arguments had been made to the US Nationwide Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The staff, organising underneath the identify GWA Albany, tweeted that the vote would happen a month from right now.
“We’re thrilled to announce that the NLRB dominated in our favor to have an election of Albany QA testers at Blizzard. With 94% dedicated to profitable the union, we sit up for counting ballots a month from right now,” says the tweet.
21 high quality assurance workers at Blizzard Albany – previously referred to as Vicarious Visions – can have a proper to vote within the union election.
Mother or father firm Activision Blizzard had argued that each one 88 Blizzard Albany workers ought to get to vote on the union. This is identical argument Activision Blizzard deployed unsuccessfully earlier this yr when Raven Software program’s QA testers had been equally combating to kind a union. Together with extra workers within the voting course of, together with these workers who wouldn’t be a member of and due to this fact wouldn’t profit from the union, would in concept lower the possibility of the vote being profitable.
We’re thrilled to announce that the NLRB dominated in our favor to have an election of Albany QA testers at Blizzard. With 94% dedicated to profitable the union, we sit up for counting ballots a month from right now!#1u #UnionYes
— GWA Albany (@WeAreGWAAlbany) October 19, 2022
Bloomberg report that Activision Blizzard additionally argued that QA testers who work on totally different video games shouldn’t be in the identical union. Of Blizzard Albany’s testers, 5 work on Diablo 2 Resurrection, 15 work on Diablo 4, and one works on World Of Warcraft. The NLRB rejected this argument.
Raven Software program’s QA workers likewise gained their battle to vote for their very own union, and the vote was profitable the next month.
Microsoft are presently within the technique of attempting to purchase Activision Blizzard for $69 billion. Microsoft have stated they will not block the outcomes of workers’ unionisation efforts inside the writer.