IKEA is Organizing-Finally!
The International Association of Machinists filed its request with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday along with signature cards from a majority of eligible employees at the Danville, Va., IKEA factory. The plant, which produces bookcases and coffee tables, is run by IKEA's manufacturing subsidiary, Swedwood. Workers at the plant have complained about low wages, discrimination and long working hours. The two sides had begun working toward a cooperative election process. But in the past month, discussions between the union and IKEA have fallen apart, and the union filed for its election without notifying the company."We just decided this has gone on too long," said Bill Street, the union's representative in Danville. Swedwood said it welcomed a secret-ballot election for its workers at the Danville plant, which employs 340 people. UCOMM Communications has a couple bookcases from the IKEA store in Hicksville, NY and they still can't figure out how to put it together. "Im sure being union will make their products better." says Kris LaGrange. "And I always get lost in their store but the swedish meatballs are awesome," he added.