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Despite almost finishing its acquisition take care of Microsoft, there are nonetheless points occurring over at Activision Blizzard. This time, the corporate accountable for dealing with IPs resembling Call of Duty was accused of an effort towards an Albany union effort. This declare was made by the studio generally known as Blizzard Albany (previously Vicarious Visions).

According to the Albany Game Workers Alliance, the writer has re-hired Reed Smith – a company providing union-avoidance services- to stall the popularity of a union. According to the group, Activision has made the clear and acutely aware resolution to make use of a union-busting agency as a substitute of following Microsoft’s lead and committing to a labor neutrality settlement.

In response to the GWA’s allegations, an Activision Blizzard spokesperson mentioned that the corporate is trying to hold a studio-wide vote on unionization for employees at Blizzard Albany as a substitute. Rich Gorge, an Activision Blizzard spokesperson, mentioned the next to Kotaku:

Given the numerous impression this variation may have for roughly 150 folks in Albany (previously Vicarious Visions), we imagine each worker in Albany who works on Diablo ought to have a direct say on this resolution; it shouldn’t be made by fewer than 15% of workers.

While this feels like a good principle, it ought to be value noting that ActiBlizz pulled an identical stunt earlier than with Raven QA. During the voting course of, the writer informed employees {that a} union would impression game improvement, potential advantages, and promotion alternatives. Employees additionally mentioned that they obtained e mail graphics urging them to “please vote no.”

Meanwhile, Reed Smith, the union-busting agency in query, has some historical past when it comes to its union-busting efforts. The agency even had a PowerPoint Presentation that talked about how unions sought to ‘exploit lazy staff’ whereas offering methods about why unionization was in the end a foul concept. Of course, the presentation has ever since been eliminated. But that solely places into query why Activision Blizzard would rehire this agency.

We’ll proceed to update this story as extra developments are made. Should anything occur with the previous Vicarious Visions studio, we’ll be sure you’re the primary to know by way of right here.