Jan 3, 2023
Microsoft recognises first labour union in US
Workers at Microsoft's ZeniMax Studios have voted to form the tech giant's first labour union in the US. Microsoft agreed to recognise the group after a "Supermajority" of workers at the video game production company signalled support for the plan, said the Communications Workers of America union. ZeniMax Studios, the company behind popular first-person shooting game DOOM, is the first studio at Microsoft US to secure union representation and will boast the largest group of union-represented quality assurance testers at any US game studio, CWA said. Voluntarily agreeing to bargain with unionised employees allows Microsoft to avoid a formal process overseen by the US National Labor Relations Board, which can often be followed by legal battles. Microsoft had struck a pact with the CWA to remain neutral in labour fights as part of its efforts to win support for that merger, which would be one of the biggest in its history. A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment on how the new union might affect operations at the firm.
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