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November 25, 2015IM -
Workers at the Stoughton Ikea store near Boston went on strike this week after the company refused to recognize their attempts to join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and enter into contract negotiation. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rules allow a company to voluntarily recognize the union when a majority of workers express supporter, however Ikea refused to do so even though 75% of the workers signed a petition affirming their desire to unionize.
“Instead of doing what is right, Ikea has chosen to fight its own hardworking employees. That is wrong. All we want is the chance to earn a better life,” says Chris DeAngelo, who has worked at Ikea for eight years. “We are dedicated to our jobs and wish Ikea would honor its own policy and respect our union rights.”
The employees work in the goods flow department at the Stoughton store, which was the subject of a recent complaint filed with the NLRB alleging that it violated federal labor law. The company settled the complaint with the NLRB.