Sega US boss: Unionising employees will not be "treated any differently"

Sega US boss: Unionising employees will not be "treated any differently"

The COO and president of Sega of America Ian Curran has assured staff that they will not face any different treatment for being in support of unionisation.

In a letter to staff – shared with – the exec said that employees who were in support of unionisation would not be treated differently. Curran also says that Sega of America is looking into and considering the options available to it with regard to unionisation. By his own admission, unionisation is new to him;.

"We received word yesterday that a petition has been filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by various SOA employees seeking union representation," Curran wrote.

"Union matters are new to me and SOA and we are investigating and considering the options available to the company. As I understand it, the petition filing means that the NLRB will conduct a secret ballot election several weeks down the road for employees who are in specific job classifications to be determined by the NLRB. These employees will be voting for or against union representation.

"Some of you may support unionization and some not. That is your legal right. No SOA employee will be treated any differently whether they support or do not support unionization. We have a wonderful culture at SOA with a strong commitment to working together as a team. In my mind, it is the SOA employee culture that makes us such a successful company.

"We will be updating you regularly so that you’re fully informed, understand what you can expect and what the NLRB process is about. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Human Resources. We want all of your questions answered.

"Thank you all for your continued efforts."

This follows 144 members of staff at Sega of America forming the AEGIS union earlier this week


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