The Allied Employees Guild Improving Sega (AEGIS-CWA) are none to pleased right now. The union formed under the CWA (Communications Workers of America) are accusing Sega of America of “bad faith bargaining with workers”. Apparently, it is planning to lay off 80 unionized workers.
CWA explained in its complaint that it has been in talks with Sega since September. It presented a plan to ship the temporary jobs offshore to Europe and Japan. This plan would slash the union by 40 percent. Most of those workers work in QA and localization. CWA states that group is “critical to Sega’s success.”
When the meeting concluded, Sega then communicated the proposal to those employees who were being let go. The CWA stated “We believe this is a clear case of bad faith bargaining.” This is due to Sega dealing directly with the union members and letting them go which “violated status quo”.
The complaint has been filed with the National Labor Relations Board, according to Kotaku. Unfortunately, this may take some time and people still may lose their jobs before anything is done.
Sega will not be allowed to get away with this unlawful behavior. We call on the company to make all temporary employees permanent and return to the bargaining table in good faith. There is no other just alternative.”
Elise Willacker, Senior QA Tester Temp
I remember cheering on Sega when the news was announced that a union was forming. I guess I was a bit premature on that because it’s just as bad as the rest of the industry.