IKEA Workers Gather Thousands of Signatures From Across the Globe in Petition for Full-Time Hours

IKEAworkersLast week, IKEA workers converged on the North American headquarters of IKEA to deliver a petition asking the company to invest in their American workers. The petition, started by workers at a Seattle Ikea store, had been signed by nearly 6,000 IKEA workers and customers with international support from 101 different countries.

IKEA workers traveled to the company’s North American headquarters in Conshohocken, Penn., in hopes of meeting with Acting U.S. President Rob Olson. The workers planned to present their petition and discuss the needs of thousands of IKEA store workers who are trying to turn their retail jobs with the company into fulfilling careers.  Full-time positions would complete the company’s stated goal of providing living wages while benefiting the company through better retention and increased productivity.

“As a single mother, a consistent schedule is important to me because I want to make sure that I am available and fully involved in my children’s education. I also want to have a stable income for my family. I shouldn’t have to work two jobs to make a living, and that’s why we started a petition calling on IKEA to provide more full-time jobs,” said Martina Morgan, a store worker from IKEA Seattle.

Unfortunately, President Olson was unavailable to meet with the workers. Instead, workers met with a human resources representative who refused the workers’ request for an assurance that employees who signed the petition would not face retaliation from company management for speaking out. IKEA workers who have signed on to store-level letters or asked management for group meetings to discuss improving working conditions have reported being retaliated against by management. Without an assurance that workers would not face retaliation for signing the petition, the worker delegation could not, in good conscience, leave the petition with the human resources representative.

Even so, the workers delivered a powerful message to IKEA management: IKEA workers and their customers are united and will continue to fight until workers have a voice on the job at IKEA. IKEA workers want careers that give them enough hours each week to earn a living wage. The workers plan to continue to organize and collect more petition signatures from their coworkers until President Olson agrees to accept the petition without the potential for retaliation and meet with his store workers.

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Bloomingfoods Shift Supervisor Natascha Buehnerkemper via

Bloomingfoods Shift Supervisor Natascha Buehnerkemper via

Workers at Bloomingfoods Market & Deli co-op grocery store in Indiana have been standing together, calling for a recognition and neutrality agreement while they exercise their right to organize, as well as for their employer to stop consulting with anti-union law firms in order to interfere with the workers’ basic rights.

The right of workers to engage in concerted activities in order to try to improve working conditions is a keystone of labor relations, and is guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act.

The workers at Bloomingfoods are aiming to ensure that their basic worker rights are protected and upheld, so that Bloomingfoods can remain an important part of the community, and reflects the residents’ values of commitment to social justice, equal rights, and sustainability.

One worker at Bloomingfoods has said that she supports the union movement at her workplace because she wants Bloomingfoods to return to its mission of valuing workers–which means fair wages, improved access to benefits, safer working conditions, and “a bit of security in an incredibly insecure environment.”
Jordan, another employee at Bloomingfoods, has been working there for four years. “In my job,” he says, “I see a lot of people working very hard with pride in the things that they do. Many people with families to support. I feel as though a lot of these people are unrecognized throughout the company. After my years spent with this company, I finally feel as though a union is necessary. I have personal reasons, as well as reasons that other people have confided in me, that have led me to believe that this cannot be done alone. These reasons have been confided to me, and not put out in the open, because job security is not something that can be promised without a union backing us up. It is our legal right to unionize, so that should be reason enough to support employees making this decision. But more than that, now is YOUR chance to speak up. My coworkers and I need the community’s support now more than ever. It cannot be done alone, and it cannot be done in silence.”

You can help them by signing a petition, started by a concerned customer, here.

Some of the many people who have signed have expressed why they feel it was important to do so. One signer said:

“Bloomingfoods believes that it has an obligation to ‘educate the community to the economic, social and other beneficial values inherent in organizing community services…’ In that spirit, it would be counter to their mission to obstruct union organization efforts in any way.”

Another agreed that, “Employees anywhere should be able to exercise their right to organize without opposition.”

You can find more information about the Bloomingfoods workers standing up for a voice on the job by checking out their facebook page:

Community supporters have voiced their concerns on the facebook page as well, noting that they are willing to take their business elsewhere if they employees are not respected. Other co-op workers who have fought to unionize their workplaces have shown support too.

According to an article in the Indiana Daily Student, “Solidarity Forever!” has become the unofficial motto of the workers of Bloomingfoods. It is only through solidarity that the employees and community members that support them can ensure they have a protected voice on the job. 

In an expression of this solidarity, workers of Bloomingfoods have hosted rallies to garner more community awareness and support, with great turnout. We support the employees of Bloomingfoods as they stand together to can make a difference in their workplace!



Help Support IKEA workers!

2493When IKEA workers in the United States started calling on their employer to provide jobs that enabled the employees to make ends meet, IKEA responded by raising the starting pay of workers to match the living wage of each community where they worked.

This was a great step forward, however veteran employees who have worked at IKEA for years aren’t set to receive any raise at all. Investing in these experienced employees will improve the well-being of IKEA’s workforce, and lead to better employee retention and in turn, higher sales growth.

That’s why IKEA workers have started a petition, asking IKEA to offer full-time jobs to every co-worker who wants one, as well as to raise the pay for all co-workers, not just new hires. These workers need the support of customers allies–please sign add your name to their petition and together we can convince IKEA to do the right thing.

Sign here: