A Microsoft union ally is in favor of merging with Activision Blizzard.
Union workers at Communications Workers of America (CWA) are siding with Microsoft over its proposed acquisition of video game publisher Activision Blizzard.
Microsoft previously stated that it would recognize employees who want to organize at Activision.
The union, which employs more than half a million workers, publicly welcomed the takeover, describing it as a breakthrough that has hitherto been hostile to organized workers in the industry.
For Jody Calemine, chief of staff at the CWA, the labor neutrality agreement with Microsoft sets a precedent for companies considering mergers. It should therefore be recognized by the pro-union Biden government.
The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) lawsuit against the merger is also a huge missed opportunity to really give workers a seat at the table in mergers and acquisitions, Calemine said.
Calemine remains hopeful that the FTC and Microsoft can put their disagreements aside and reach an agreement on the takeover.
“We hope that the FTC will eventually find a way to settle their differences with Microsoft through this transaction. There is still a chance that this will happen, that they will come to terms and that the takeover will eventually go through.”
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