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A group of tech and gaming workers have slammed Activision Blizzard's planned settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying an $18 million compensation fund for employees who were harassed or discriminated against is not enough.

Why it matters: The statement from the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE) came a day after Activision announced its plans in a press release.

What they're saying: "$18M is a slap in the face to workers considering @ATVI_AB is worth $72BILLION & workers dealt with toxic working conditions for yrs," the group stated.

  • CODE's partner union, the Communication Workers of America, added: "The EEOC has sent a message that corporate bad actors will not be held accountable for their abuse of workers."
  • The CWA is urging the SEC, National Labor Relations Board and the state of California, which are all also scrutinizing Activision Blizzard, to take a harder line.
  • Asked about negative reactions to the size of the fund, an Activision rep told Axios: "We agreed on $18 million with the EEOC, who is expert in this area." The company encourages impacted workers to submit claims. (The EEOC has previously declined to comment on the settlement.) 

Of note: In a report to investors today about Activision's potential future earnings, a financial analyst at Jeffries said that the "recent settlement with the EEOC gives us comfort monetary damages will remain immaterial and worst-case scenarios are off the table."

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Oct 20, 2021 - Health

New York City announces COVID vaccine mandate for all public workers

A health care worker administering a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to a student in Staten Island in August. Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced an expanded COVID-19 vaccine mandate that covers all of the city's public employees, including police officers and firefighters.

Why it matters: Around 71% of city workers have already satisfied the mandate by receiving at least one dose. The remaining 46,000 unvaccinated employees will have to receive their first dose by Oct. 29 or will risk being placed on unpaid leave until they can show proof of a first dose, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Updated Oct 20, 2021 - Politics & Policy

First look: Harris wants more union membership in fed workforce

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at a virtual town hall with Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) on Oct. 14. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Vice President Kamala Harris and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will today announce new guidelines to encourage federal workers to join unions, according to a White House official.

Why it matters: The Biden administration wants to bolster the collective bargaining power of workers across the country – and they are starting at home, with changes in the federal workforce.

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Scoop: Facebook exec warns of "more bad headlines"

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In a post to staffers Saturday obtained by Axios, Facebook VP of global affairs Nick Clegg warned the company that worse coverage could be on the way: “We need to steel ourselves for more bad headlines in the coming days, I’m afraid.”

Catch up quick: Roughly two dozen news outlets had agreed to hold stories based on leaked materials from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen for Monday publication — but the embargo fell apart Friday night as participating newsrooms posted a batch of articles ahead of the weekend.