Paizo Paizo Recognizes Union!

The ‘will they, won’t they?’ conjecture around whether or not Paizo would voluntarily recognise the new United Paizo Workers union was mercifully short. Paizo today announced that it would work with the union to improve working conditions at the company.

United Paizo Workers consists of more than 30 employees, and was formed to address allegations of pay inequity, verbal abuse, and poor working conditions.

This also means that the group of 40 or so freelancers who ceased work for the company will likely return to work now that their demand that Paizo recognize the union has been met.


October 21, 2021 (Redmond, WA) -
Paizo is pleased to announce it has voluntarily recognized the United Paizo Workers union, which is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

“We look forward to working with the union to continue and expand our efforts to make Paizo a better place to work and to ensure that Pathfinder and Starfinder products continue to exceed gamer expectations for many years to come,” said Jeff Alvarez, President of Paizo.

The next steps will involve the United Paizo Workers (UPW) union electing their bargaining representatives and then meeting with Paizo management to negotiate terms for a collective bargaining agreement. We expect this process to take some time, but we are committed to the effort and hope to settle a contract in due course. Until an agreement is reached, the Paizo staff continues to focus on creating amazing Pathfinder and Starfinder products.

Paizo has always been about creating awesome games, and we look forward to the changes that unionization will bring to the company. Please join us on this journey by following the UPW on Twitter and stay tuned for future updates!
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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey

Utterly fantastic news. the real work starts now, but this is a great first step.
Too right. This was easy, but hammering out the CBA will not be. If the union is smart, it will go into the negotiations realistically and not have everyone think they're going to be getting a pay raise out of this. If not, we'll have a month or two of silence and the next story here will be about how all the staff have walked out again because negotiations are stalled.


The amount of fawning praise Paizo is getting on Twitter for doing the bare minimum is astounding.
I'm of two minds on this. One one hand, yeah, I think it's a good idea to give praise just to encourage them to continue the good behavior. On the other hand Paizo really didn't an option here. What would have happened is that the NLRB would have conducted a secret ballot to vote to unionize and if enough votes were yes then Paizo would have no choice but to recognize the union. Paizo could read the writing on the wall.


The amount of fawning praise Paizo is getting on Twitter for doing the bare minimum is astounding.
I've seen people who weren't Pathfinder fans declaring that they will now buy Pathifinder. Which they weren't doing before hearing about Paizo's abusive practices. So... well done Paizo, I guess? The only company where the result of bad deeds is more customers.

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