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Activision Blizzard studio cancels its union vote, claims “free and fair elections are impossible”

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has withdrawn its request for a union vote on Activision Blizzard’s Proletariat studio after accusing CEO Seth Sivak of “making free and fair elections impossible.” In a statement released yesterday, the CWA accused Sivak of responding to the union campaign with “adversarial tactics” that “demoralized and disempowered the group”, so the vote did not take place at all.

Dustin Yost, a software engineer for Proletariat and a member of the union’s organizing committee, said in a statement that while “the overwhelming majority” of his colleagues in the studio had signed cards in support of unionization, the process “took its toll.” on workers The meetings in which the CWA claims Sivak “framed the conversation as a personal betrayal” apparently made the process too difficult for the employees to continue.

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