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The CWA supports the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger

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The ongoing saga of Microsoft’s bid to buy Activision-Blizzard has taken another twist, with the union representing a potential wave of QA workers organizing their support for the deal. In a Hill article, Chris Shelton, the head of the Communications Workers of America, called the deal “a merger that would help workers for once.”

In the op-ed, Shelton called on the FTC to approve the merger, saying it would make a “strong statement” in favor of protecting workers from large employers who abuse their market power to harm employees.

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They also point out that Microsoft has signed a “labour neutrality agreement,” which presumably means the company will not engage in any union activity. It would be a policy shift for Activision, which has tried to stop QA workers from organizing at every step, albeit to no avail.

CWA has made waves in the games industry by representing multiple groups of quality assurance workers at major video game developers, such as Raven Software, Blizzard Albany, and now Zenimex, which includes Bethesda. Microsoft owns ZeniMax, and the CWA-sponsored group announced its candidacy for unionization the same day Shelton’s article was published.

The Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger has come under the microscope of authorities in the United States, European Union and other countries over potential concerns about monopolistic and anti-competitive business practices. Reports indicate that Microsoft offered Sony a 10-year license agreement to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation.

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