Overwatch producer Tracy Kennedy tweeted a link to a docket and announced CODE-CWA and ABetterABK partnered to file an unfair labor practice suit with the National Labor Relations Board. This docket doesn’t mention most of the California DFEH accussations, but adds new ones we might have not known about. Some of these happened post-lawsuit and post-walkout.

The new docket was submited on September 10, 2021 and adds the following complaints:

  • 8(a)(1) Coercive Rules
  • 8(a)(1) Coercive Statements (Threats, Promises of Benefits, etc.)
  • 8(a)(1) Interrogation (including Polling)
  • 8(a)(1) Coercive Actions (Surveillance, etc)

Activision Blizzard violated federal labor law via interrogations of staff and coercive rules, statements, and actions, the Communications Workers of America union alleges in a U.S. labor board complaint, according to Bloomberg.

CODE-CWA sent the following tweet. Things are moving in the right direction for developers, and according to ABetterABK: “If the NLRB rules in our favor, the ruling will be retroactive and we will set a precedent that no worker in the US can be intimidated out of talking about forced arbitration.”

ABetterABK (a group of workers from Activision, Blizzard and King) recently opened a Reddit page to communicate with fans. Subscribe to their Reddit page for updates – https://www.reddit.com/r/abetterabk

On twitter they can be found @ABetterABK

To learn more about the Activision Blizzard lawsuit check out the archive with multiple links and resources.


UPDATES

VICE added the following:

“–some employees have recently been told their performance was not up to par by their lead, even though they had been doing well. “We think since they’re being so outspoken, leadership is trying to get rid of them,” the employee said, adding that the person in question had been outspoken in internal company channels.”

Sept 16 — “We care deeply about our employees’ rights and have made great efforts to respect the rights of all employees under the NLRB,” an Activision rep told Axios.

Sept 15 – President of AFL-CIO (the largest union in the United States) pledges support to CODE-CWA / ABetterABK. (tweet)

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