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Ikea’s Virginia Manufacturing Plant Workers Vote for Union [USA]
Author: Holly Rosenkrantz, Bloomberg [USA], Published on: 27 July 2011
Workers at Ikea’s U.S. furniture factory voted to form a union...The factory [is] operated by a subsidiary called Swedwood...“We fully support the right of our co-workers to make this decision,” said Ingrid Steen, a Swedwood spokeswoman...“The primary issue that has driven this campaign from the beginning has been a plantation-like attitude by management,” said Bill Street, director of the woodworking department for the union who led the organizing campaign...[Six] black former employees filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming they have faced racial discrimination at the factory...Complicating the working conditions in Danville is a disparity between work rules in the U.S. and in Sweden...The company also has a code of conduct called IWAY that guarantees workers the right to organize and stipulates that all overtime be voluntary...In Danville, the company hired Jackson Lewis LLP, a law firm that helps businesses block unions, to fight the organizing effort.