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Politics, Re-Spun: Occupy IKEA’s #HouseRules

IKEA’s #HouseRules = union busting!

Oh, IKEA, you’d think you’d learn from all the past corporate attempts to create a Twitter hashtag to promote your brand, attempts that have been subverted by culture jammers.

Maybe IKEA will get away with this one, #HouseRules, but in the spirit of the Occupy Movement rebooting on . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Occupy IKEA’s #HouseRules

Politics, Re-Spun: Two Richmond Boycotts for 2014

Bill Zylmans, that awkward racist guy.

First we have IKEA’s union busting, coming up on one year of locking out their workers because they won’t take major concessions in the face of billions in profits.

Now we have the strawberry and potato farmer who worries about how few Caucasian farmers are left around . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Two Richmond Boycotts for 2014

Politics, Re-Spun: IKEA: Swedish for Discrimination Against Workers

Values, discrimination, the Swedish way: all these ideas are in the mix as stakeholders of IKEA’s treatment of workers express how they feel about IKEA’s plan to break its union in Richmond, BC.

We’ve been writing about this new front line in Canada’s war against workers for months now. But the members of Teamsters Local . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: IKEA: Swedish for Discrimination Against Workers

Politics, Re-Spun: Labour Day 2013: Say Hello to the Pavement!

Workers in Canada and around the world have been under assault for decades, but most of our recent tactics to stop the bleeding have been ineffective. Are we lazy, complacent, overworked, obedient, compliant, subdued, afraid, docile, or fully tamed and intimidated by the one per cent?

If we don’t get a lot . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Labour Day 2013: Say Hello to the Pavement!

Politics, Re-Spun: IKEA’s (Sad) Spin Reply to My Boycott Letter

Solidarity means an attack on one is an offense to all!

So if you have sent your letter to IKEA explaining why you are boycotting them for locking out their Richmond workers for 10 weeks, you may have received this precious reply from the corporation, below. I will re-spin it down there, but . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: IKEA’s (Sad) Spin Reply to My Boycott Letter

Politics, Re-Spun: It’s 12 O’Clock, Have You Boycotted IKEA Yet Today?

$3.85 billion in profit is just not enough. Union busting and global greed now!

Gratitude, then and now. It used to include a t-shirt and more, for all employees around the world. Now, union busting.

The best part of the Teamster Local 213 rally in Richmond on Saturday was the humanity: the . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: It’s 12 O’Clock, Have You Boycotted IKEA Yet Today?

Politics, Re-Spun: Ikea’s Union-Busting Lockout in Richmond, BC Reaches Two Months

Is Walmart Ikea’s labour relations mentor?

Ikea, that family-friendly darling of home decor and Swedish innocence is trying to break its union, Teamsters Local 213.

They have locked out their Richmond, BC workers for two months now, while deciding to bargain in reverse: Start with a pathetic offer, then as time goes by, . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Ikea’s Union-Busting Lockout in Richmond, BC Reaches Two Months

Things Are Good: Building Better Homes for Refugees

Ikea’s charitable arm has used the expertise of the cheap furniture manufacturer to design a better housing unit for refugees with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Hopefully these designs will help people around the world who are living in poor conditions.

The Refugee Housing Unit started working on a project to develop emergency shelters in . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Building Better Homes for Refugees

Politics, Re-Spun: Profits Before People: Richmond Ikea Lockout Enters Day 17

 

Generating enough media spin to rival a jet engine at take off, the management and PR folks at Ikea Canada want you to believe that their poor little corporation is being held hostage by greedy, soulless union workers in Richmond.

Woe. Pity poor Ikea.

It’s tough being a multi-national corporation . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Profits Before People: Richmond Ikea Lockout Enters Day 17