good on them for opening this. if blizzard isn't treating their workers right, they should pay for it.
they look like politics who dont even care about public opinion/image now days
I think I might be done with WoW, but I hope they succeed for their sake and the industry's.
Blood in the water.When I was going to school for 3D production and animation, my professor advised all of us about dreams of working for Blizzard. Hell, not just Blizzard, but any AAA game or big-name film company. If you're in this industry, you know this to be true: Students become fixated on working for these high-prestige companies. They will accept less-than-standard pay just so that they can put "Blizzard" or "Riot" or "Rockstar" on their resume. It's not about the work, it's about the dream. The reason my professor lamented this reality was because all it took to stop these companies from taking advantage of starry-eyed hopefuls was for them to put the dream aside and be willing to walk away from a bad offer. When one person is willing to put their dream ahead of their worth, then that lowers the bar for everyone else who wants to advocate for themselves. Why hire the person who wants to counter your offer with a better wage when you can easily find someone who will take the first offer because all they care about is the prestige?I don't know what an 'equitable' workplace looks like or what they mean by that. If they mean they want to adjust wages after they accepted a low wage to start, then that's really on them and it'll be really hard to say Blizzard is in the wrong, and this lawsuit may not actually go anywhere. You can't leverage the legal system to cover for your unwillingness to negotiate and advocate for yourself. If you go to these companies and are willing to accept the first offer given to you-- even if it's below working retail at Best Buy-- who really do you have to blame but yourself?
Wow getting more punishment than the scarlet crusade npcs during the DK starting zone.At this rate just close and restart.
While this is yet another story that reflects badly on ActiBlizz... readers should know that the NLRB is relatively toothless. They're bureaucratic, slow to act, have really weak enforcement powers and even when they bestir themselves to do something they get tangled up in the courts forever, and the courts are generally hostile to labor law enforcement and have been for like 50 years now.In practical terms, while the California suit may ultimately cost the corporation billions and a court-ordered decree changing practices, I wouldn't be surprised if the NLRB came away with a $100,000 fine and probably the company won't even have to pay that ultimately.
Stop dudes. Everyone is just in it for the money at this point. And it will potentially ruin/ finish the game.
Cant wait. Activision/Blizzard is going to move their Corp offices to Texas soon..Texas is a right to work state and very few unions here.
So Hi, I'm a person who works in a right to work state here. And this is to the person who's comment was just deleted for being inappropriate about ABK moving to a Right to Work State. Let me educate you on something. Just because you move your company to a right to work state, doesn't mean that they wont have to deal with a Union. If the Employee's of the company decided to unionize, no matter the state they are in they can do that. A person, or company that is in a right to work state, simply cannot make joining the union or collective union activates a condition of employment, and allows the employees more say in their employment. They don't have to accept the decisions of the company's collective bargaining with the union. They are free to negotiate their own pay, days off, health insurance and such while the Union employees regardless weather they agree or not, have to take what they are given based on what the union decides.Case in point: Nevada, is a right to work state. In Reno just recently the Bus Drivers who are part of the TWA just shut down the bus system completely for a week because their employer decided to lower their wages, and no longer offer them health care, advising them that they had to get it through the state marketplace (which is crap health insurance). This was done without the input of the Union that these individuals belong to. Now, the drivers had every right to strike, and the employer could have very easily fired them for striking, and actually threatened to do so, as a strike can be considered as job abandonment. However The company chose not to and instead decided to offered a temporary truce with the union to get the drivers back on the buses and get the city moving again. The Union didn't guarantee the Drivers that they would keep their jobs, but they worked on behalf of the employees to get terms that the employees agreed upon and wanted so they could go back to work and keep working. Now this did not cover employees who decided they did not want to join the union and those employees where on their own. Working in a right to work state is no different really than working in an at-will employment state, other than .... whether you are forced or not forced to join a union.
I'm a mid-50's female who has worked in accounting before and IT for the last 25 years. I have been reading most of this from the beginning, and have looked at replies from people. If people think that this issue is strictly a Blizzard/Activism problem, think again. If you think it's the gaming industry, think again. I have worked for large corporations. I've made decent money, but nothing in comparison to the men I've worked with. I used to work for one who has sponsored BlizzCon in the past. I can tell you stories that are very similar to the ones I've read about again Blizzard. The next lawsuit to follow may involve the stockholders. So the lawsuits are not over. If people are going to stop playing this game because of these stories, you should throw out your computer, cell phones, all gaming systems in your home, your TVs, etc. This isn't anything new. If you want to change things, then support the people who deserve to be supported. Right now that's the one remaining at the company. In addition, don't put up with the same behavior where you currently work. I hope Blizzard does survive this and I'm sure they will. After all, the bad apples are gone from the company.