Workers at Ikea’s U.S. furniture factory voted to form a union, a victory for the labor movement seeking to rebound from record-low membership at private companies.
Employees at the plant in Danville, Virginia, voted 221-69 today to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the National Labor Relations Board said. The factory, operated by a subsidiary called Swedwood, makes low- cost bookcases and coffee tables for sale in Ikea’s 37 blue and yellow U.S. big-box stores.
“We fully support the right of our co-workers to make this decision,” said Ingrid Steen, a Swedwood spokeswoman. “We accept their decision and will work with their union in a mutually cooperative and respectful manner.”
Ikea Group Corp. is the world’s second-largest retailer behind Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), which has turned back union efforts by employees. Ikea, based in Odakra, Sweden, is the world’s largest home-furnishing retailer.
Wunderbar! Ever notice what the unions have done to Detroit? They want to plow under a third of the city now to save on services. In 1950 Detroit was the 4th largest city in the nation. Today they have lost over 50% of their population comrade.
Ikea workers seem to have many of the same problems as WMT workers but at least now they have a reasonable chance of fixing them together, using the democratic process.
"Workers complained about low wages, discrimination, long working hours, eliminated raises, frenzied pace and mandatory overtime. Workers would find out on a Friday evening that they’d have to work a weekend shift, and there would be disciplinary action for workers who didn’t show up, Street said"
Well this news should send shivers down the spines of all those slime ball walmart managers that over see all those plantation welfare wmt stores. It couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch of thugs.
Heck Brazil will give you the land,help you build the building and the gov"t will
finance the land at low low prices with tax breaks and even help you hire your people at half what the U.S. unions demand. I give them 3 years and that plant will be gone.