ZeniMax Workers United, a union representing over 300 QA workers, has announced that it is entering into contract bargaining with Microsoft and ZeniMax.
In a tweet, the union said that "today, we are excited to announce that ZeniMax Workers United of CWA have started our first day of bargaining for our first ever contract with ZeniMax and Microsoft! IN SOLIDARITY!"
Today, we are excited to announce that ZeniMax Workers United of CWA have started our first day of bargaining for our first ever contract with ZeniMax and Microsoft! IN SOLIDARITY! pic.twitter.com/9ypifEJsz1April 25, 2023
ZeniMax Workers United was formed in December 2022. In January the group announced that a supermajority of ZeniMax QA employees had voted in favor of the union, and that Microsoft had officially recognized the body. The contract bargaining beginning today will set the terms of the benefits offered to employees represented by the union.
ZeniMax is the parent company of several of the most beloved studios now under the Microsoft banner, including the developers behind Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, Doom, Ghostwire Tokyo, Hi-Fi Rush, Dishonored, and Redfall.
We obviously won't know the terms of the union contract until the bargaining is done, but the CODE branch of the CWA - a union group that has been involved with several of the recent organizing efforts in the US games industry - has previously noted that it would like to secure protections for members against things like the mass layoffs Microsoft made earlier this year.
That's not the only big game industry unionization news this week. Yesterday, the Allied Employees Guild Improving Sega - or AEGIS - announced its formation. The union said it intends to seek higher base pay, better benefits, clearer opportunities for promotion, and better work balance. Sega of America has not yet recognized AEGIS.
Activision Blizzard workers formed the first major US games union last year.