July 29, 2011 |
Workers at Ikea's first factory in the United States have voted to be represented by a union, the latest development in a bitter campaign that has challenged the low-cost home furnishing company's reputation as a worker-friendly employer. Employees at the plant in Danville, Va., voted 221-69 on Wednesday to allow the International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers to negotiate salary and benefits with the retailer's manufacturing subsidiary, Swedwood, a spokeswoman for the union said.
May 11, 2012 |
You're always telling your mother you owe her. Now, the American Coalition for Labor Reparations has a worksheet you can use to calculate exactly how much back pay Mom deserves. Here's the logic: “Every laborer deserves a wage. Your mother went into labor for you and has never been repaid.” We should mention that the coalition doesn't exist for most of the year - it's a gag dreamed up by ad agency Mother New York. There's even a faux PSA video featuring a crew of mothers - some describing pretty graphic scenarios.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2012 |
Burbank has initiated a series of funding proposals and a possible land deal that would allow IKEA - a top sales-tax revenue generator - to remain in the city and expand. The Swedish furniture retailer, a retail powerhouse in Burbank for more than two decades, has outgrown its building and has been looking for about a decade to expand its operations, company spokesman Joseph Roth said. "Parking is challenging, the loading zone is challenging, the store itself is too small," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1992
Home furnishings giant Ikea, which has taken over former rival Stor's operations, is temporarily laying off about 70 employees from the Stor outlet at the Del Amo Fashion Center, Ikea officials announced this week. The Torrance outlet is scheduled to close April 30, when the layoffs, primarily of part-time workers, are scheduled to take effect, Ikea officials said.
June 23, 2011 |
A labor union looking to organize Ikea's first American factory has asked the government to allow workers to vote on whether they want representation. The International Assn. of Machinists and Aerospace Workers filed its request with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday along with signature cards from what it believes is a majority of the eligible employees at the Danville, Va., factory. The plant, which produces bookcases and coffee tables, is run by Ikea's manufacturing subsidiary, Swedwood.
July 31, 1992 |
Even though the recession has taken an especially heavy toll on established furniture companies--RB Furniture and Barker Bros. were two well-known retailers that went belly up--others are starting to fill the void. Ikea, by all accounts, has been doing a terrific business at Tustin Market Place. And now, farther north at Brea Mall, comes Conran's Habitat.
May 21, 1992 |
In Burbank, the Ikea store has been as much a phenomenon as a furniture store. It is, like, the place to be on Saturday for Dockers-clad yuppies driving Sable station wagons or Dodge minivans. The store--so busy that it needs a team of security guards to direct traffic--offers contemporary Scandinavian-style furniture at moderate prices. Yet to be seen is whether having several outlets will diminish Ikea's novelty value.
June 20, 1989 |
Stor, the upstart retailer that brought the idea of selling low-cost, ready-to-assemble European furniture designs to Southern California, has settled its differences with a Swedish merchant that accused it of stealing ideas. In a significant victory, Stor will not make any payments to Ikea, and the two sides will pay their own legal fees. Ikea, which claimed that Stor had engaged in unfair competition and copyright and trademark infringement, had sought damages and, possibly, some of Stor's profits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1992 |
I read it in the paper. Ikea was buying Stor. Then the "Going Out of Business Sale" ads came, and I hurried to get to the City of Industry before Stor disappeared. Walking through the half-empty areas and remembering what had been there, I was saying goodby to a place that I had only recently welcomed. This is not new for me. Saying goodby. Everytime I walk into the Wilshire May Co., I'm saying goodby and remembering the days that I said goodby to Ohrbachs.
December 18, 2010 |
It's not unusual to hear about someone figuratively jumping into their work with both feet. Dr. Peter Lommer Kristensen did it literally. Kristensen, of the Hillerod Hospital in Hillerod, Denmark, and two of his colleagues investigated an old Danish myth that it is possible to get drunk by immersing your feet in alcohol. To do so, they soaked their feet in a washtub containing three bottles of vodka for three hours. They measured blood concentrations of alcohol every half-hour and rated themselves on a scale of 0 to 10 on self-confidence, urge to speak and the number of times they desired spontaneous hugs.