Now what the hell is this
Did this all start because 10 out of 500 or so Temp employee's got let go?
Probably an unpopular take but I don't want a Union in a videogame company. I have no problems with workers protecting themselves and one another but the thought of Blizzard workers striking... no thanks. I pay money to play the game, I don't pay the people to be at my foreground. Sorry.
Totally Guessing: Breaking up QA and embedding them into content units is absolutely an attempt to quietly/legally dissuade union formation/activity. Many who work in QA eventually want to get into something else like Art, Animation, Engineering, etc. so likely many of them will be torn: they have a better chance of getting hands-on practice in specific areas (vs. one week art, another week audio, etc.) which may further their career designs beyond QA... but it will challenge QA's overall cohesion and make it harder for them to unionize, coordinate, et. al.
That is what voluntarily recognize means. You ask them to recognize. If you don't it starts to go into arbitration with the NLRB. Trying to unionize game workers has been a project of activists who have found success with smaller studios that rolled over and recognized the union. This is far different and a MUCH bigger fish. This is a mega wall street corporation and they are going to take it to court. I really hope the workers have dotted every T and crossed every I or else the lawyers are going to tear them apart in court.
ActiBlizz: We will change for the better!Employees: Recognize our UnionActiblizz: 😬
Ok so they're not voluntarily recognizing it... Way to play your hand early, there's nothing that can be done if they've already voted and formed the union though...