Federal labor board says Activision employees can hold a union election.

A federal labor board dominated on Friday {that a} group of about 20 high quality assurance staff making an attempt to unionize at Activision Blizzard, the beleaguered online game firm, met the necessities to carry a union election.

In a 27-page resolution, Jennifer Hadsall, a regional director of the Nationwide Labor Relations Board, disagreed with Activision’s declare that the hassle to unionize must be dismissed as a result of the corporate just lately unfold its high quality assurance testers throughout its Raven gaming studio, the place they beforehand labored in a group.

“There was no proof that Q.A. testers are being eradicated or that their position would basically change with the embed course of,” Ms. Hadsall wrote.

She additionally disagreed with the corporate’s assertion that any union would wish to incorporate — and be voted on by — all the employees within the 230-person Raven studio.

Raven high quality assurance staff will vote by mail on whether or not they need to unionize and be represented by the Communications Staff of America, and the ballots shall be counted on Could 23.

Raven staff have stated they hope unionizing will result in higher job safety: Greater than 60 walked out of labor in December, protesting Activision’s resolution to finish the contracts of a dozen short-term high quality assurance staff, which they stated felt abrupt and unfair.

“We’re happy that after reviewing the proof, the Nationwide Labor Relations Board rejected Raven Software program administration’s makes an attempt to undermine our efforts to kind a union,” the standard assurance staff and the Communications Staff of America stated in a joint assertion. “It’s now time for Raven administration to cease making an attempt to forestall us from exercising our rights. We’re trying ahead to voting for — and successful — our union.”

An Activision spokesman stated in an announcement that the corporate was “disenchanted {that a} resolution that would considerably affect the way forward for our total studio shall be made by fewer than 10 % of our staff.” He added that the corporate was reviewing whether or not it may attraction the ruling.

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