Video game testers approve the first union at Microsoft : NPR

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The Microsoft logo is seen outside the headquarters in Paris, January 8, 2021. A group of video game testers is forming the first Microsoft labor union in the United States and the largest in the video game industry. Communications Workers of America said Tuesday, January 3, 2023, that about 300 quality assurance workers at Microsoft’s video game subsidiary ZeniMax Studios have voted to join the union.

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The Microsoft logo is seen outside the headquarters in Paris, January 8, 2021. A group of video game testers is forming the first Microsoft labor union in the United States and the largest in the video game industry. Communications Workers of America said Tuesday, January 3, 2023, that about 300 quality assurance workers at Microsoft’s video game subsidiary ZeniMax Studios have voted to join the union.

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A group of video game testers at Microsoft have formed the tech giant’s first union, and Microsoft has signed it, according to Communications Workers of Americawhich represents the employees.

A “vast majority” of quality assurance workers at Microsoft’s ZeniMax Studios, which produces video games such as Elder Scrolls, DOOM, Quake Championsand Falloutvoted to join the union, CWA said Tuesday.

“We are thrilled to begin 2023 in a workplace that is stronger and more equitable than it was last year,” said Skylar Hinnant, Senior Quality Assurance Tester. “This is an empowering victory that allows us to protect ourselves and each other in a way that we never could without a union. Our hope and belief is that this is the year that gaming workers across the country exerting their power and reshaping the industry as a whole.”

ZeniMax employees at Microsoft first signed their unionization cards in November and began voting in December.

When the employees announced they were unionizing, Microsoft promised to remain neutral and let employees make their own decision about joining, CWA said.

“Microsoft has fulfilled its commitment to its workers and let them decide for themselves whether they want a union,” said CWA President Chris Shelton. “Other gaming and technology giants have made a conscious choice to attack, undermine, and demoralize their own employees when they band together to form a union. Microsoft is charting a different path, one that will strengthen its corporate culture and the ability to serve its customers. , and should serve as a model for the industry and as a blueprint for regulators.”

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