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CODE-CWA Newsletter: February 2, 2024


Layoffs at Microsoft

Microsoft has announced that it will be laying off 1,900 video game workers. This announcement makes clear that, even when you work at a successful company in an extremely profitable industry, your livelihood is not protected without a voice on the job. 


While CWA-represented members at Zenimax, Raven, and Blizzard Albany will not be impacted by these cuts, we are heartbroken that the lives of so many dedicated and talented video game workers will be disrupted. 


Every video game worker deserves not only their fair share, but also the peace of mind that comes from having a say over the impact of job cuts.


Through organizing, workers have established basic workplace practices that are now common—from the eight-hour work day to the five-day workweek. By coming together and exercising their right to organize, workers in the video game industry can make layoff protections standard practice for all workers. This is the power of organizing.


We will continue to support workers at Microsoft and across the video game industry who want to have a union voice on the job.


If you work at ABK, get in touch:



Are you an employee of the digital, tech and/or game industry and ready to get involved in the broader fight for dignity and respect at work?

Join CODE-CWA in building power across the industry!


Join us on Saturday, February 10 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET and Sunday, February 25 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET for an introduction to unions and organizing conversations training. All levels of experience are welcome and encouraged!

Join us on February 18 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET for a building the organizing committee training, where we talk about how to build a strong organizing committee. 


Check the CODE-CWA organizer training program for even more upcoming trainings!

Journalists Strike

In just the past couple of weeks, journalists (NewsGuild-CWA members) have struck many newsrooms!


Learn more and follow their fights on Twitter/X:

Ongoing: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jan. 19: LA Times

Jan. 23: Condé Nast (a dozen publications)

Jan. 24: San Antonio Report

Jan. 25: NY Daily News and Forbes

Feb 1: Tribune Publishing Newsrooms


Tesla and Trader Joe's Attack U.S. Labor Board

Trader Joe’s is joining Elon Musk’s SpaceX in arguing that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is prosecuting cases against both companies, is unconstitutional. The NLRB is the federal agency that protects the rights of private sector employees to join together to improve their wages and working conditions.

Read more here. 


The UAW announces that over 10,000 non-union auto workers have signed cards to join the union in just 60 days.

Over 10,000 auto workers across 13 non-union companies have signed union cards with the UAW, as momentum builds across the auto industry for better wages, benefits, and rights on the job. 

Read more here.


January 29, 1889 – Six thousand railway workers strike for a union and the end of the 18-hour day.


January 29, 2009 – The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is signed into law by President Obama. The Fair Pay Act stipulates that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit regarding pay discrimination resets with each new paycheck affected by that discriminatory action.


January 31, 1978 – After scoring successes with representation elections conducted under the protective oversight of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, the United Farm Workers of America officially ends its historic table grape, lettuce, and wine boycotts.



Work Until I Die by by S.G. Goodman


And if the businessman
Keeps bringing me down
I'll pop over and drop that out tonight

It's the song, song of the sell
Take a littlе piece of pie or thеy'll bust your mouth
You make the rich more rich
No it won't be you
Pennies for your time and crumbs to chew
Song, song of the sell
Take a little piece of pie or they'll bust your mouth

You make the rich more rich
No it won't be you
Pennies for your time and crumbs to chew

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