Microsoft recognized the first union in 48 years of history

the tech giant Microsoft authorized the creation of a union that brings together 300 workers for the first time since its creation, in 1975. the guild ZeniMax brings together the employees of a video game production company and is the first in the industry to achieve union representation.

The news came this week after the statement published on its website by the union of Communications Workers of America (CWA), which brings together all communication workers and which will now be incorporated into the ZeniMax union cell.

The organization process began in November 2022 and the official vote took place in December -through a confidential platform-, in which employees could choose whether or not to join the union. For his part, Microsoft publicly pledged to respect workers’ right to unionize.

“We are delighted to start 2023 in a stronger and more equitable workplace than last year. This is an empowering victory that allows us to protect ourselves and others in ways we never could without a union. Our hope and belief is that this is the year that game workers across the country wield their power and reshape the industry as a whole.”, declared one of the employees, Skylar Hinnant.

More and more workers in the technology sector are starting unionization processes. In 2022, employees of Amazon managed to organize despite the fierce opposition of the company Jeff Bezos. The experience started with the Christian Smallsa worker who was fired for denouncing the company’s lack of protection measures during the pandemic.

The company, which is the second largest private employer in the United States, tried to incentivize workers not to join the union, circulated propaganda to convince them not to join, and created a website arguing for “direct bargaining” between the company and the employees.

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The harassment of the tech giant was criticized by several political figures, including the progressive Bernie Sanderswho denounced the company’s working conditions on their social networks.

“If Jeff Bezos can afford a $500 million yacht, a $23 million mansion with 25 bathrooms, and a rocket ship to take a comedian to outer space, you know what? Amazon can afford to give its employees a $3 raise. I stand in strong solidarity with the Amazon workers strikeSanders posted.

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