The NLRB is sending out our ballots today at 3:00 PM Central time to vote for our GWA Union! We are excited to move forward in the process and continue our next steps toward making history.
First of all, we want to say that we are thrilled with today’s news.
Our fellow QA coworkers in QAMN, QATX, & QALA have won FTE status and a raise.
We’ve been organizing for this and so much more — for all of us.
Today proves our collective organizing efforts work, and we won’t stop.
To be clear — today’s announcement by Activision Blizzard to give all temp and contingent QA team members full-time employment and raises is because of worker organizing.
And their decision to exclude us — the workers of GWA — is their attempt to divide workers and undermine our right to unionize.
It is unsurprising but nevertheless disappointing that Activision has chosen to exclude Raven Software QA workers, who have been at the forefront demanding better pay and benefits, from the company-wide wage increase. The company’s assertion that the NLRA prevents Activision from including Raven QA workers is simply a ploy to punish us for choosing to stand shoulder to shoulder with our fellow workers as GWA.
Activision’s announcement is further evidence of the need for ALL workers at Activision Blizzard to have a protected voice on the job.
We strongly urge Activision Blizzard to rectify this situation & respect our protected right to organize under the law.
Yesterday, a captive audience meeting was held at Raven Software, in which anti-union propaganda was given to the workers. As such, the GWA would like to address some of the questions that may arise about unionization.
Q: What is the bargaining unit that is being voted for? Will it represent all of Raven?
A: The intended bargaining unit will only include Raven QA, but we will support, and stand in solidarity with, all other Raven workers organizing a union as they become ready.
Q: If the union is formed, will people in other departments be represented by the union?
A: The union will only represent those who are part of the intended bargaining unit, that being Raven QA. Activision has opted to try to include the entire studio in an act of union-busting.
Q: Why is Raven QA voting for a union that represents everyone?
A: We aren’t. Raven QA has shown that they have support within their team to establish a union. The GWA has no intention of representing people outside of our intended bargaining unit. Every team should have the opportunity to represent themselves!
Leadership asked questions about all the bad things a union could do. But they failed to ask what good things a union could do. Below are a few! A union could:
– Allow us to negotiate work-from-home policies without risking pay or benefits.
– Protect from termination without cause
– Allow for greater PTO allowances and accrual rates
– Ensure greater disability accommodations
– Decrease crunch and ensure that workers are fairly compensated for overtime
– Improve benefits, including employer-provided healthcare
– Ensure easier access to promotions
– Establish more equitable and diverse hiring practices
– Establish protections against sexual harassment past established federal requirements
– Bring democracy to the workplace through collective bargaining
We, the workers, have listened to the needs of our co-workers and are standing together in solidarity through the unionization process. We are disappointed to hear anti-union propaganda after months of being told by leadership that transparency and communication would improve. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our co-workers and are ready to take a seat around the negotiating table, together, in order to positively shape our shared working conditions.
We are the union. We are GWA.
ABK Workers Alliance Prepares to Launch GWA in Solidarity with Striking Raven Software Employees
Since the initial work stoppage on December 6th, 2021, Activision has continued to fail by not offering any communication or recourse for the workers on strike at Raven Software, the studio behind popular game Call of Duty: Warzone. Meanwhile, the ABK Workers Alliance, an organization made up of workers across Activision, Blizzard and King, prepares to launch Game Workers Alliance, a union effort composed of Raven Software employees across disciplines, to address unfair working conditions, unfair compensation practices, and sexual abuse and misconduct across the company.
“ABK Worker’s Alliance is excited to launch this website in collaboration with Raven Software employees, who are preparing their vote to form a union. We firmly stand by Raven and together we will be the change,” an organizer for the ABK Workers Alliance said while the effort was being prepared.