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Virtual Legality Episode 540

Activision SUED AGAIN?!? Not So Fast... (Understanding the NLRB)

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"Within the last six months [Activision Blizzard] has repeatedly engaged in unlawful conduct by threatening employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed by Section 7 [of the National Labor Relations Act]."

NLRB Charging Document filed on behalf of "A Better ABK" - September 10, 2021


A Better ABK, the group of Activision Blizzard employees who earlier set forth a list of demands of the game publisher and further helped organize this summer's walkout, has joined forces with the Communications Workers of America (AFL-CIO) union, to formally charge Activision Blizzard with violating the National Labor Relations Act.

What is Activision Blizzard accused of doing? In what way are A Better ABK's arguments strong (and how are they weak)? And why is any description of the matter as a lawsuit, almost entirely wrong.

It's time to dive into labor relations...in Virtual Legality.

#California #Activision #Lawsuit


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Discussed in this episode:
"California vs Activision Blizzard: A Legal View"
YouTube Playlist - Hoeg Law
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy9PBxr5dNcoQLh2erIt2XrZ

"Activision Blizzard sued again, this time for labor violations"
The Verge - September 14, 2021
https://www.theverge.com/2021/9/14/22674269/activision-blizzard-sued-nlrb-labor-violations

"Activision Blizzard Employees File NLRB Suit Accusing Company of Union Busting, Intimidation"
IGN - September 14, 2021
https://www.ign.com/articles/activision-blizzard-employees-nlrb-union-busting-intimidation

"In partnership with CODE-CWA, we've filed an unfair labor practice suit..."
Tweet - September 14, 2021 - ABetterABK
https://twitter.com/ABetterABK/status/1437809096095256582

"Activision Blizzard, Inc., Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., Activision Publishing, Inc., as a single employer"
NLRB Case File
https://www.nlrb.gov/case/31-CA-282822

"CWA is charging Activision Blizzard with violating labor laws"
Protocol - September 14, 2021
https://www.protocol.com/workplace/activision-blizzard-labor-law-charge

"Employees of Activision Blizzard File Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against the Gaming Company"
CWA Press Release - September 14, 2021
https://cwa-union.org/news/releases/employees-of-activision-blizzard-file-unfair-labor-practice-charge-against-gaming

Activision Blizzard Charging Document
As Filed September 10, 2021
https://cwa-union.org/sites/default/files/20210910-charge-activision-violation-of-section-7-rights.pdf

Charging Document Instructions
https://www.nlrb.gov/sites/default/files/attachments/pages/node-195/501_3-21.pdf

"Unfair labor practices"
29 USC 158
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/29/158

"Right of employees as to organization, collective bargaining, etc."
29 USC 157
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/29/157

"Concerted Activity"
NLRB Webpage
https://www.nlrb.gov/about-nlrb/rights-we-protect/the-law/employees/concerted-activity

"National Labor Relations Board"
29 USC 153
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/29/153

"Prevention of unfair labor practices"
29 USC 160
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/29/160

"Investigate Charges"
NLRB Webpage
https://www.nlrb.gov/about-nlrb/what-we-do/investigate-charges

"Disposition of Unfair Labor Practice Charges Per FY"
NLRB Webpage
https://www.nlrb.gov/reports/nlrb-case-activity-reports/unfair-labor-practice-cases/disposition-of-unfair-labor-practice

"Activision Blizzard Hires Senior Executives from Disney and Delta"
Activision Blizzard Press Release - September 14, 2021
https://investor.activision.com/news-releases/news-release-details/activision-blizzard-hires-senior-executives-disney-and-delta


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
00:00 Introduction (Special Thanks - NORD)
01:43 Charges (Not Lawsuits) Filed with the NLRB
09:05 What Are Unfair Labor Practices?
14:29 How Does the NLRB Work?
22:56 Rearranging Executive Chairs
26:44 Conclusion

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