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BAIZUO (pazio) Going Union! The beginning of the end!?

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Jaeger:
BAIZUO Workers of the World, UNITE!
https://unitedpaizoworkers.org/

Jessica Price's Twitter feed... The gift that keeps on giving:


--- Quote from: unitedbaizuoworkers on October 14, 2021, 03:37:20 AM ---
Redmond, WA (October 14th, 2021) — Today, the workers at Paizo, Inc – publisher of the Pathfinder and Starfinder roleplaying games – are announcing their formation of the United Paizo Workers union (UPW), with the Communication Workers of America’s CODE-CWA project. This union is the first of its kind in the tabletop roleplaying games industry.

“Unions have helped build a stronger working class in America and I’m proud to stand with United Paizo Workers. I believe that when we all work together, we’re better for it. Unionization allows workers to have a seat at the table and ensures that our voices and concerns are being heard and addressed so that all of Paizo can move forward for a positive future.”

Shay Snow, Editor
“I love my job. I love my coworkers, and I love the company I work for. I get to sell a game that I love to a community that I love. I come from a pro-union family, and I believe that unionizing Paizo will be the best way to protect the people, company, and community that I love, for now and going forward into the future.”

Cosmo Eisele, Sales Manager
“My coworkers are amazing and so are the games we make together. I want Paizo to keep publishing Pathfinder and Starfinder content for years to come. This is my way of helping management improve our company culture, and by extension, the content we produce.”

Jenny Jarzabski, Starfinder Developer
“I proudly stand with my coworkers as we strive to help improve our workplace, and I believe the UPW will amplify our voices and assist with the changes we feel are necessary in making Paizo a more positive space for its employees.”

Logan Harper, Customer Service Representative
Paizo is one of the largest tabletop roleplaying publishers in the world, producing more than 10 hardcover books annually, along with numerous digital adventures and gaming accessories. Paizo also runs some of the most successful living campaigns in tabletop gaming history, with regular players in more than 36 countries. However, despite this success, Paizo’s workers are underpaid for their labor, required to live in one of the most expensive cities in the United States, and subjected to untenable crunch conditions on a regular basis.

Though efforts to organize by the Paizo workforce had already been underway for some time, the sudden departures of several long-standing employees in September and the subsequent allegations of managerial impropriety by former Paizo employees threw into stark relief the imbalance of the employer/employee relationship. These events, as well as internal conversations among Paizo workers, have uncovered a pattern of inconsistent hiring practices, pay inequity across the company, allegations of verbal abuse from executives and management, and allegations of harassment ignored or covered up by those at the top. These findings have further galvanized the need for clearer policies and stronger employee protections to ensure that Paizo staff can feel secure in their employment.

Changes have been promised, internally and externally, by the executive team. However, the only way to ensure that all workers’ voices are heard is collective action. It is in this spirit that the workers of Paizo have united to push for real changes at the company. The UPW is committed to advocating on behalf of all staffers, and invites all eligible Paizo employees to join in the push for better, more sustainable working conditions. The union requests the broad support of the tabletop community in urging Paizo management to voluntarily recognize the United Paizo Workers, and to negotiate in good faith with the union so that they may build a better workplace together.

For more information, please contact the Organizing Committee at committee@unitedpaizoworkers.org

Raychael Allor, Customer Service Representative
Brian Bauman, Software Architect
Logan Bonner, Pathfinder Lead Designer
Robert Brandenburg, Software Developer
James Case, Pathfinder Game Designer
John Compton, Starfinder Senior Developer
Katina Davis, Webstore Coordinator
David “Cosmo” Eisele, Sales Manager
Eleanor Ferron, Pathfinder Developer
Keith Greer, Customer Service Representative
Logan Harper, Customer Service Representative
Sasha “Mika” Hawkins, Sales and E-Commerce Assistant
Jenny Jarzabski, Starfinder Developer
Erik Keith, Software Test Engineer
Mike Kimmel, Organized Play Developer
Avi Kool, Senior Editor
Maryssa Lagervall, Web Content Manager
Luis Loza, Pathfinder Developer
Joe Pasini, Starfinder Lead Designer
Austin Phillips, Customer Service Representative
Lee Rucker, Project Coordinator
Michael Sayre, Pathfinder Designer
Shay Snow, Editor
Alex Speidel, Organized Play Coordinator
Levi Steadman, Software Test Engineer
Gary Teter, Senior Software Developer
Josh Thornton, Systems Administrator II
Jake Tondro, Senior Developer
Andrew White, Front End Engineering Lead
In Solidarity,
Thurston Hillman, Digital Adventures Developer
--- End quote ---

So About 30 people already - close to half their workforce?

Lisa Stevens is functionally retiring, so she may not see this as her problem...

FWIW - Unions are not inherently bad for companies. But neither are they inherently good for companies, or the long term interests of their members/employee's.

It really depends how they are run. Especially in how the union will protect the interests of good employee's vs. its willingness to work with employers to cut bad hires loose.

The union contract that would come out of this would be a big tell for how this will go...
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2013/12/17/how-the-unions-destroy-their-own-as-viewed-by-a-life-long-union-supporter/?sh=19e78c8643f8

No one knows the Baizuo internal financials. But they do employ more people than WotC's D&D division, and they do not do 5e sales levels.

If Baizuo goes union, the next few years will be very interesting.


Also; Not sayin' they're similar, but...




Yup, it's Commies...

oggsmash:
Pinkertons shooting coal miners is one thing, but I do wonder what horrible injustices the worker at paizo must undergo to feel the need for a union.  I guess being great at your job and getting paid well is less important than being protected by the collective?

Shasarak:
Everyone knows that Unions were invented by White people to better produce systemic racism.

So, good on the Paizo staff I guess.

HappyDaze:
That's the symbol they chose... ::)

Jaeger:

--- Quote from: oggsmash on October 14, 2021, 05:05:33 PM ---Pinkertons shooting coal miners is one thing, but I do wonder what horrible injustices the worker at paizo must undergo to feel the need for a union.  I guess being great at your job and getting paid well is less important than being protected by the collective?

--- End quote ---

In their defense, I believe Price is more or less correct on how the Gammas that run Baizuo actually treat and pay their employee's.

Of course given their culture/politics; If successful, they will promptly run Baizuo into the ground with their crazy union...

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