Raven Software employees end strike after seven weeks pending union recognition
After seven weeks of strike, Raven Software employees could return to work. On January 21, 34 employees officially united to form the Game Worker’s Alliance, the first union of its kind in the gaming industry. The unionized employees then asked the management of Activision and Raven Software to officially recognize the alliance of workers.
Raven Software is known for games like Singularity, some of the first Xbox 360 generation Wolfenstein games, and more recently their work on Call of Duty and Call of Duty: Warzone. A few weeks ago, Raven Software’s QA team was let go, after promised salary improvements weren’t met. Since then, amid an ongoing scandal at Activision, employees at Raven and many others across Activision Blizzard have called on their co-workers to unionize.
ABetterABK, an established alliance of Activision, Blizzard and King employees that supported Raven Software employees throughout the strike, tweeted on Saturday, January 22 that the GWA would end its strike “in good faith” by awaiting a response from management. as to whether or not they would recognize the union. In a statement to Bloombergthe Activision spokesperson claimed the company was “carefully considering the application for voluntary recognition.”
In the event that Activision chooses not to recognize the newly formed union, the next step in having their union officially recognized requires them to file a petition for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board. As it stands, Raven Software employees currently have a super majority of employees seeking to formally unionize.