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Blizzard support studio workers drop union bid

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One Activision Blizzard studio won't form a union, at least not in the near future. The Communication Workers of America (CWA) says it's withdrawing its petition for a union vote at Blizzard support studio Proletariat, which is currently working on World of Warcraft: Dragonflight.

As Kotaku notes, a CWA spokesperson claims Proletariat chief Seth Sivak saw employees' unionization move as a "personal attack" and held meetings that allegedly "demoralized and disempowered" the team enough to prevent a fair election.The pro-union group, the Proletariat Workers Alliance, said in December that it had majority support.

Activision Blizzard declined to willingly recognize the union, though, forcing an election through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

It's not clear how much support the vote has now, but Proletariat engineer Dustin Yost says in a statement that the union-busting meetings "took their toll."We've asked Activision Blizzard and the CWA for comment.

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