Microsoft Corp. will not oppose employee unionization attempts, according to company President Brad Smith, in a sign of rising receptivity in the tech industry, which has hitherto been indifferent about organized labor.
In a blog post on Thursday, Smith stated that while employees have the legal right to create or join a union, they “will never need to organize to have a discourse” with executives.
Microsoft does not believe that employees or other stakeholders will benefit by resisting lawful efforts to participate in activities like unionization.
The comment comes against the backdrop of recent agitations from employees at several technology companies.
Last month, a small group of workers in a division of “Call of Duty” videogame maker Activision Blizzard voted in favor of unionizing.
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