Tell IKEA CEO Mikael Ohlsson: Let Swedwood employees build a better future

If you’re trying to outfit your home on a budget, IKEA is pretty much the holy grail of interior decorating. The cafeteria food isn’t half bad either. But at Swedwood, an IKEA furniture subsidiary in Danville, VA, employees say they’re subjected to a whole slew of unsafe, unfair, and generally unpleasant working conditions—including unlawful intimidation and firing of union supporters during their ongoing attempt to join the Machinists (IAM).

That’s way too high a price to pay for any product, no matter how trendy. So the IAM and the Builders and Woodworkers International (BWI) federation have teamed up to expose the deplorable conditions and through-the-roof injury rates these 350 workers face on the job.

Luckily, we can all pitch in to make Swedwood a better place to work. Click here to send IKEA CEO Mikael Ohlsson a holiday card. Let him know that IKEA customers are watching to make sure Swedwood respects its employees’ rights to a safe workplace and a voice on the job.

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2 Responses to “Tell IKEA CEO Mikael Ohlsson: Let Swedwood employees build a better future”

  1. Steve Ballmer says:

    We the people of the USA won’t stand for your deplorable working conditions unless you move offshore and cut your prices a lot then we’ll suck that stuff up like a Dyson vacuum on a pile of sand.

  2. Todd Tollefson says:

    Mikael Ohlsson: You don’t have to be rich (from exploiting your workers), just smart (by letting them unionize)!

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