The 16 workers, who ensure the quality control of the company Keywords Studiosvoted unanimously to unionize with Local 401 of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).
Keywords Studiosestablished in Ireland, is a company present in 23 countries with more than 9,000 employees.
The Edmonton team is under contract with the game developer BioWarefamous for the series Mass Effect and dragon age.
The employees wanted to unionize, among other things, because of the substantial salary gap between the contractual and permanent employees of BioWare who perform similar tasks. They also pointed to a mandatory back-to-office order, which has since been rescinded.
A statement published on the website of Keywords Studios indicates that the company accepts the result of the vote.
We value our employees and will continue to constantly strive to be a good employer.she says.
Our organization wants to provide a nurturing environment for all of its employees, and we take all of our staff’s concerns seriously.
Workplace frustrations are widespread throughout this industry, and it has become clear that workers need to unionize to address these issues. We are proud to be part of these pioneering efforts in North AmericaUnited Food and Commercial Workers Local 401 President Thomas Hesse said in a statement.
Organizing efforts for the video game development industry have been rare so far in Canada.
There are only two unions in North America in video game development. The first is at Vodeo Games, a small independent studio whose employees work remotely across North America. The second union was formed by the quality assurance department of Raven SoftwareWisconsin.
With information from Stephen Cook