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NLRB: Activision Blizzard allegedly violated labor laws

Hours before Raven Software’s landmark union vote, the National Labor Relations Board announced it had “substantiated” allegations that Activision Blizzard allegedly threatened employees for using working conditions, wages and ongoing investigations under the guise of an “overly broad policy.” for social media,” the NLRB said in a statement to Polygon. What happens next could include a formal determination as to whether or not Activision Blizzard violated applicable United States labor laws.

The announcement pertains to a different group of workers than Raven Software’s QA staff, who voted “yes” to form a union at publisher Activision Blizzard, an NLRB spokesman said. The original charges were filed by the Communications Workers of America in November 2021. Allegations include surveillance, interrogation, retaliation and threats.

The NLRB’s Los Angeles regional office will now attempt to resolve the case. If no agreement can be reached, the NLRB reports the matter. The complaint is then presented to an NLRB judge for a hearing.

The National Labor Relations Act protects workers’ right to organize – employers “cannot respond to union organizing campaigns by threatening, questioning or spying on pro-union workers, or promising them benefits for forgetting to unionize,” according to the NLRB legislature.

Activision Blizzard has come under scrutiny for years after a lawsuit was filed by the California Department of Equal Employment and Housing alleging the company encourages a culture of sexism and sexual harassment. Several lawsuits and investigations emanated from there, leading to Microsoft’s intent to buy the company in a $68.9 billion deal.

Activision Blizzard did not respond to Polygon’s request for comment.

https://www.polygon.com/23138494/activision-blizzard-nlrb-labor-complaint NLRB: Activision Blizzard allegedly violated labor laws

Charles Jones

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