NLRB guidelines that Raven Software staff can hold union vote

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After months of deliberation, the National Labour Relations Board at this time issued a ruling relating to the unionization makes an attempt of the Raven Software QA division. In a blow to Activision Blizzard, the NLRB discovered that the group of Raven staff was certainly eligible to carry a union election to formally set up the Game Workers Alliance. On high of that, the group rejected Activision Blizzard’s claims that any union election would wish to embody the complete firm, deeming the group of QA staff an “appropriate bargaining unit.”

The move to unionize got here again in January, following a five-week strike in protest of the dismissal of a dozen QA employees. Although the group had the assist of the Communication Workers of America within the institution of the Game Workers Alliance, Activision Blizzard refused to formally acknowledge the union. As a end result, the group needed to file for an official union election by way of the NLRB. In response to that, Activision Blizzard claimed that any election on unionization ought to require the votes of the whole lot of Raven Software, not simply the QA division, possible in an try to dilute assist for the thought.

Nevertheless, the NLRB ruling at this time places the Game Workers Alliance in good stead for an upcoming election. Ballots might be despatched out to eligible staff subsequent week, to be returned by May 20. An official depend of the ballots will happen on May 23.