Activision Blizzard executives send emails to employees to discourage potential unions

Activision Blizzard employees recently received an email stating that improving the company’s culture should be achieved within the company, not through unions.

Washington Post Report Indicates that company-wide emails were sent by Chief Administrative Officer Brian Bulatao to Activision Blizzard employees.

This email was sent after employees considering forming a union, and has been requested by the media union of the Communications Workers Association of America (CWA) to sign a union card-which may cause employees to vote to join the union. This email was also sent after GoFundMe created a strike fund for Activision Blizzard employees who went on strike to protest Raven Software’s recent layoffs that affected 60 employees.

In an email, Blatau said that signing a union with a union may have “consequences” and that “a dialogue between leaders and employees” is a “better way.”

“We only ask you to take the time to consider the consequences of signing the binding legal document submitted to you by CWA,” Bulatao said. “Through active and transparent dialogue between leaders and employees, we can act quickly to best realize our workplace cultural aspirations.

“This is a better way than simply signing the electronic form provided to you by the CWA or waiting for the outcome of a legally authorized and regulated negotiation process at some point in the future.”

In an interview with The Washington Post, Cornell University’s labor and employment law professor Risa L. Lieberwitz stated that the email was “nearly illegal,” implying that the company was in The “commitment progress” in terms of workplace conditions is “company-related” disunion. “

Lieberwitz also stated that the email “conveyed a strong, anti-union message to force employees to oppose and support unions.”

Since the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard in July on allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment, the situation at Activision Blizzard has been very poor.

The company’s situation does not seem to get worse, because six US state treasurers are pressing it to hold a meeting with board members before December 20 to respond to its sexual harassment scandal. need.