Raven gets go-ahead for union vote

Workers at Middleton-based Raven Software have been told they can vote to form a union, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report. The union would be the first at a major U.S. video game publisher. The National Labor Relations Board ordered a May election for quality assurance workers at the company owned by Activision Blizzard. The company is the developer of the Call of Duty game franchise. The campaign at the Middleton office is part of a bigger internal unionization effort at Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard with about 10,000 employees worldwide. In January 2022, Microsoft announced its plans to buy the company for nearly $69 billion. It is not expected that Microsoft will interfere with unionizing efforts.