Hilary Woodward: Author Archive

New Year’s resolutions for Amazon.com

Amazon logoIt’s a new year. And for many of us, that means new resolutions. People trudge to the gym, start doing the dishes right after dinner, or tackle their messy closets. But what about companies? Shouldn’t they be resolving to do a little self improvement too? In the case of Amazon.com, the answer is painfully clear. Read more »

 

Ask IKEA: What’s Swedish for unionbusting?

IKEA logoI’m a big fan of IKEA. They sell cool, affordable furniture and teach me a few Swedish words whenever I go to their stores. They’ve also made it their mission to be a responsible, innovative company that takes care of its workers. In Sweden, where almost all of IKEA’s workers are in unions, we’ve seen that mission fulfilled. The workers there earn about $19 an hour minimum and get five weeks of paid vacation.

So it’s incredibly disappointing to find out that those high standards aren’t true for their U.S. employees too.

At an IKEA subsidiary factory in Danville, Virginia, workers report they are facing pay cuts, mandatory overtime, racial discrimination, and dangerous conditions on the job.
The workers want to organize as a union in order to gain a voice on the job and stop the mistreatment. But instead of respecting its workers’ right to form a union like IKEA does in Sweden, IKEA’s subsidiary in Virginia hired unionbusting consultants and discouraged union membership in mandatory employee meetings. And, worst of all, workers who support forming a union have now been fired!

It’s completely outrageous — and it needs to stop. Fortunately there is something you can do today. Write a letter to IKEA’s CEO and tell him to stop the intimidation and to let the U.S. workers have a fair shot to join a union! While we appreciate Ikea’s mission of corporate social responsibility, IKEA’s actions in its U.S. factory speak louder than words.

 

Standing in Solidarity with America’s Workers on April 4

Standing With Wisconsin at the We Are One RallyYesterday, American Rights at Work came together with hundreds of working Americans and activist groups at the We Are One rally in Washington, DC. The event was one of more than a thousand across the country planned this week to honor the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination in Memphis on April 4, 1968. On that day, Dr. King stood with striking AFSCME sanitation workers who were demanding their right to collectively bargain. Forty-three years later, the fight continued to ensure that firefighters, teachers, nurses, and other public workers are treated fairly and respectfully. Read more »