Sega of America has made history by officially ratifying its union contract, marking an important milestone.
Sega of America has made history by officially ratifying its union contract, marking an important milestone.

Sega of America Workers Ratify Union Contract

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Sega of America, a division of Sega Sammy Holdings Inc., has made history by officially ratifying its union contract. This move marks a significant milestone in the North American video game industry and sets a precedent for future organized labor efforts within the sector.

Overwhelming Support for Unionization:

The union contract was ratified following a resounding vote in favor of unionization by workers last year. 

The agreement covers approximately 150 employees across various departments, including brand marketing, localization, and quality assurance. 

The Allied Employees Guild Improving Sega (AEGIS-CWA) union collaborates with the Communications Workers of America.

Provisions and Protections for Workers:

The ratified contract includes several key provisions to enhance working needs and ensure employees’ fair treatment. 

These provisions encompass minimum pay increases over the coming years, layoff protections, health insurance benefits, severance packages, and a commitment to crediting all workers on games.

Advocating for Industry-Wide Change:

Members of AEGIS-CWA express optimism about labor organizing’s potential to drive positive change across the video game industry. 

Amidst widespread layoffs within the sector, workers increasingly recognize the value of collective action in advocating for improved working conditions and job security.

Challenges and Resistance:

Sega’s journey towards unionization was not without obstacles. Following plans to lay off a significant portion of the union’s bargaining unit, the company faced criticism and an unfair labor practice complaint. 

However, through negotiation and collaboration, the union could secure agreements to retain employment for many affected workers.

Momentum for Labor Movements:

The video game industry is witnessing a surge in labor activism and unionization efforts. 

Notably, ZeniMax Workers United and Activision QA testers have formed unions with the support of the CWA, reflecting a growing momentum for worker-led initiatives across major gaming companies and studios.

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