The Activision Blizzard Worker's Alliance, or ABK Worker's Alliance in short, have launched a strike alongside other Activision Blizzard workers that have been striking since Monday. A 'Strike Fund' on GoFundMe with a goal of $1 million has also been created to support the striking workers. At the time of publishing there's 619 donors and over $40,000 has been raised so far.
While pretty much everyone knows what happened during the summer, in recent weeks Activision Blizzard has been under pressure from state treasurers over misconduct allegations, and yesterday an Activision Blizzard employee spoke out over sexual harassment she underwent while working at the company. Basically, if you think that it's gotten better at Activision Blizzard, you'd be wrong.
This strike is in relation to what has occurred and also due to QA Testers at Raven Software being laid off. The ABK Worker's Alliance GoFundMe explains why they're striking:
In the months since, we've seen CEO Bobby Kotick and the Board of Directors protect abusers and only hold perpetrators accountable after the events were brought to light by outside media. We've seen Activision hire law firm WilmerHale, known for union busting, to disrupt and impede the improvement efforts of Activision-Blizzard workers. We've seen Raven Software workers lured by the promise of promotion, only to be terminated shortly after relocation on top of the already underappreciated and severely underpaid working conditions of ABK workers across the company. These, and many other events have caused an alliance of Activision-Blizzard employees to initiate a work stoppage until demands are met and worker representation is finally given a place within the company.
The Washington Post also reports that workers are being asked "to sign a union authorization card, which could eventually lead to a companywide vote on forming a union." Time will tell if the union will ever be formed, but if it does it will definitely be a landmark moment in an industry that has resisted unions since its inception.
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