Microsoft Workers Form Company's First US Union
Microsoft recognized its first labor union in the U.S. after a super-majority of employees at ZeniMax Media, a Microsoft subsidiary, voted to unionize.
For Context: Microsoft acquired ZeniMax for $7.5 billion in 2021. The firm created popular games such as Doom, Fallout, and Elder Scrolls. Microsoft said that it voluntarily recognizes the employees' legal right to choose to unionize. Companies like Apple and Amazon have been less favorable to worker unionization.
Key Quotes: "We want to put an end to sudden periods of crunch, unfair pay, and lack of growth opportunities within the company. Our union will push for truly competitive pay, better communication between management and workers, a clear path for those that want to progress their career, and more," Victoria Banos, a senior quality assurance audio tester at ZeniMax stated in the Communications Workers of America release. A spokesperson for Microsoft and ZeniMax said, “We look forward to engaging in good-faith negotiations as we work towards a collective bargaining agreement.”
How The Media Covered It: Left- and center-rated sources were more likely to report on the Microsoft unionization. Across the political spectrum, many pointed out that Microsoft was bucking the trend in Big Tech to make unionizing more difficult.
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From the LeftMicrosoft recognized its first labor union in the US after staff at $7.5 billion video game firm ZeniMax Studios voted to unionize
Microsoft recognized its first labor union in the US, after an overwhelming majority of video game testers at ZeniMax Studios voted to unionize, the Communications Workers of America union announced on Tuesday.
Around 300 software testers across four of ZeniMax's locations in Maryland and Texas voted to unionize, according to Reuters.
ZeniMax is a video game production company popular for its games like The Elder Scrolls and DOOM, and was acquired by Microsoft for $7.5 billion in March 2021.
From the CenterMicrosoft recognizes its first union as ZeniMax software testers organize
Microsoft said Tuesday that it has recognized its first union of employees in the software maker’s 47-year history.
Workers at airlines, automakers, schools and government agencies belong to unions, but collective bargaining hasn’t taken hold at large technology companies, where employees often receive high wages.
Amazon and Apple have not been especially accommodating to employees who have tried to establish unions. Last year, Microsoft said it would support approaches that would make it simpler for its employees to join unions.
From the RightVideo game workers establish Microsoft's first union
Employees at Microsoft’s video game subsidiary ZeniMax Studios made history Tuesday, becoming the first official group of workers at the technology company to formally unionize.
ZeniMax is a video game production company with studios in Maryland and Texas. The company owns Bethesda Softworks, the producer of franchises including The Elder Scrolls, DOOM and Fallout.
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) said in a statement that a majority of quality assurance workers at ZeniMax have indicated that they wish to join ZeniMax Workers United/CWA.
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