Activision Blizzard hits another NLRB unfair labor claim
After Activision Blizzard’s director of communications, Lulu Cheng Meservey, published an article alleging “company-wide Slack messages disparaging [Activision Blizzard workers’] union,” the American Workers Communications Organization filed a new unfair labor complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.
The complaint, filed Monday, alleges that Meservey posted “anti-union propaganda” in the #ABK-Press Slack room and to an estimated 18,000 workers on Oct. 18. The message is then published to Twitterwhere Twitter users accused her of “promoting right-wing views”, according to Kotaku. In that message, Meservey commented on the NLRB’s decision to allow Blizzard Albany workers to vote to form a union.
In Slack’s message, Meservey is said to have stated that collective bargaining is slow and that the process will prevent workers from receiving bonuses or raises, among other things. The complaint states that after those comments, employees were unable to respond to text messages, so they communicated their response with emojis; Washington Post’s Shannon Liao “I encountered negative emojis,” said Meservey, to which Meservey later admitted: “I could hear boos coming from here! And signed up emojis for the frustrated dog. “
CWA, through its unfair labor charges, Meservey’s said “Anti-Union” The message violated workers’ rights. You can read the full profile below.
This is Activision Blizzard’s fourth time happenning unfair labor complaints submit with NLRB as of 2021. A company spokesperson did not respond to Polygon’s request for comment.
Blizzard Albany QA workers, who won the right to vote on a union last week, will have their votes counted on Nov. 18. Activision Blizzard’s worker union push began in January after Raven Software QA workers announced their intention to merge. Those workers won their union in May.