Activision Blizzard reacts to unionization talk with anti-unionization talk

Yesterday’s report on the Activision Blizzard work stoppage also mentioned that some employees were attempting to unionize. Although it is not yet clear how widespread or successful these efforts were, they were enough to draw the attention of company management. Brian Bulatao, Activision Blizzard’s chief administrative officer, warned employees that voting for a union could actually be dangerous.

The message states that “A communication supported by Communications Workers of America (CWA), asked employees to sign-and-submit union authorization cards,” as it was seen. “I want you to know this: Activision Blizzard leadership supports your right under the National Labor Relations Act to decide whether or not you join a union.

We ask that you carefully consider the implications of signing the legally binding document provided by CWA as you make your decision about your future. CWA will be able to represent you in collective bargaining regarding all terms and conditions. CWA will have the right to negotiate your working conditions, as stated in the document.

Yesterday’s report on the Activision Blizzard work stoppage also mentioned that some employees were attempting to unionize. Although it is not yet clear how widespread or successful these efforts were, they were enough to draw the attention of company management. Brian Bulatao, Activision Blizzard’s chief administrative officer, warned employees that voting for a union could actually be dangerous.

The message states that “As you may recall, there was a communication supported in part by Communications Workers of America (CWA), which asked employees to sign the authorization cards for union membership.” “I want you to know this: Activision Blizzard leadership supports your right under the National Labor Relations Act to decide whether or not you join a union.

We ask that you carefully consider the implications of signing the legally binding document provided by CWA as you make your decision about your future. CWA will be able to represent you in collective bargaining regarding all terms and conditions. CWA will have the right to negotiate your working conditions, as stated in the document.

Bulatao believes that dialogue between employees and management is the best way to achieve “workplace culture aspirations”.

He wrote that if the workplace goals are not met, if we don’t do the things we promised to do, then you will always be able to vote for CWA and engage with them. We are certain that we will achieve the same progress that we have previously promised and create a workplace that we all can be proud of.

Twitter has responded with scorn to the message. Many people see it as a threat. Others wonder why Activision doesn’t move faster to implement change if it is so determined to do so. There is general agreement that Activision Blizzard wants to stop unionization.

CWA also participated, calling the statement “disappointing”.

It is disappointing to see Activision Blizzard management at another point in their decision-making process where they could have done the right things and double down on the low road.

The CWA tweeted that “Instead responding to workers’ concerns, he’s opted to blast anti-union talking points straight out of the union busting script.” “Union avoidance campaigns are a waste of resources that ABK management could use to address serious concerns like compensating victims of sexual harassment. We hope that management will see the only way forward is to fulfill the righteous demands of the initial walkout. This includes ensuring that there is a permanent worker voice in all company matters.

It’s not surprising that there was negative backlash. But, what is surprising is the thought that Activision Blizzard leadership would believe that this message was a good idea. They knew the message would be public and not well received. They believe that sowing doubt about unionization is worth it. This seems to be the only reasonable conclusion.

Bulatao sent another message to his managers several hours later. Chief people officer Julie Hodges sent another, this time offering “training sessions” to help employees answer union-related questions. It didn’t go down well either.

An unaccountable executive is scared by the idea of being held responsible for organized employee actions.

On Thursday, Activision Blizzard employees walked off the job to support Raven Software contract workers who were fired last week. The GoFundMe campaign now stands at nearly $250,000.

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