Raven Software QA Testers Can Move Ahead With Union Vote Following NLRB Ruling

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that quality assurance workers at Raven Software can participate in a union election, which will start on April 29.

Raven’s full-time and part-time quality assurance workers are seeking to form a union named the Game Workers Alliance, and filed a petition with the NLRB after parent company Activision Blizzard failed to voluntarily recognize the union. Activision Blizzard then contested the filing, stating that a union at Raven Software would have to include all of the studio’s 230 employees and not just the 21 current members of the quality assurance team.

The NLRB has rejected Activision Blizzard’s argument, noting that Raven’s quality assurance team is an appropriate bargaining unit and observing that QA testers “generally earn less than all other classifications at Raven Studio.” Ballots will be mailed to eligible employees on April 29, after which they will have until May 20 to return it. A ballot count will happen via video conference on May 23. If the union vote succeeds, the Game Workers Alliance will become the first union at a AAA North American game development studio.

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Author: Cameron Koch