National Labor Relations Board Finds Merit Charges Against Blizzard for Illegal Union-Busting
Region 31 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has found merit with several elements of the unfair labor practice charges filed by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) on behalf of workers at Blizzard who faced illegal coercing, intimidation, and silencing by their employer in August 2022. The NLRB is moving forward and prosecuting Blizzard for engaging in illegal surveillance of workers organizing in Irvine, Calif., and Albany, N.Y., and unlawfully threatening to disable standard communication platforms as part of the company’s ongoing union-busting campaign.
This egregious behavior by Blizzard is yet another example of the company using its platforms and tools to coerce and intimidate workers exercising their protected right to organize. These actions, coupled with Activision Blizzard’s illegal firing of workers speaking out about their working conditions and several other unlawful actions, shows a clear pattern to disregard the law in an attempt to silence workers. CWA has filed numerous additional pending Unfair Labor Practice charges against Activision Blizzard to hold the company accountable for its illegal union-busting tactics. In spite of Activision Blizzard’s anti-union efforts, workers continue to organize, speak out about their working conditions and win union campaigns. Activision Blizzard must end their illegal union-busting tactics, allow workers to freely exercise their right to organize and commit to negotiate a fair contract with union workers.
The Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE-CWA) is a network of worker-organizers and their staff working every single day to build the voice and power necessary to ensure the future of the tech, game, and digital industries in the United States and Canada. CODE-CWA is a project of the Communications Workers of America which represents hundreds of thousands of workers throughout tech, media, telecom, and other industries who stand together to fight for justice on the job and in our communities.
About CWA: The Communications Workers of America represents working people in telecommunications, customer service, media, airlines, health care, public service and education, manufacturing, tech, and other fields.