Labour Relations Board raps Richmond IKEA

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Labour Relations Board raps Richmond IKEA

The Labour Relations Board has reprimanded Richmond’s IKEA for what the union representing striking workers calls bargaining in bad faith.

Teamsters local 213′s Anita Dawson says the LRB ruled it was out of bounds for IKEA to offer money to striking workers to cross the picket line and return to work.

“It is bargaining in bad faith and IKEA has been ordered to pay damages for the amount of money that was paid over and above what was last offered to the workers that are on the picket line. Further more IKEA has also been ordered to cease and desist from paying any enhanced wages to the people that are inside the store who cross the picket line to work.”

Dawson doesn’t know how much the damages will total up.

“On the IKEA website they said they were paying $2.50 an hour more for workers. We weren’t even asking for anywhere near that. We were just looking to maintain what we had in the old collective agreement. Now we are seeing that IKEA was going in and saying oh yeah we can give you $2.50 an hour more if you cross the picket line to work, very anti-union.”

A statement from an IKEA representative indicates the company plans to challenge the ruling, based partly on a claim it is an individual employee’s choice to cross a picket line.

It’s also suggesting workers who have crossed over are getting paid more because they have a heavier workload.

IKEA adds it wants to return to the bargaining table but must wait for the Labour Relations Board processes to conclude.

The two sides haven’t bargained since December of 2013.

The labour dispute affecting about 350 employees who have been locked out is now in its 15th month.


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  1. Just close the store. These workers are such whiny, ungrateful people. They are getting paid more than your typical retail employee but it’s still not good enough for them. They don’t deserve a job, anywhere.

  2. The message to the Ikea employees is that the gravy train is over and has been over since last year. The world has changed, unskilled jobs are low paid jobs and have been for quite some time. It’s now about knowledge based skilled work. The good old days when anybody with a high school education could buy an apartment and anybody with a degree could most certainly buy a house are over. I’m not saying it’s better or worse now then it was before, it’s actually both. New jobs exists today that didn’t years ago too so it goes both ways. These $21+/ hour unskilled union retail jobs are a thing of the past. Go back to school, get a trade or professional designation and set yourself up because the future is now.

    • Sammy, You think you are safe in your skilled labor job?
      I have bad new for you. Robots and computer algorithms are already starting to replaced higher skilled jobs too. Stop crowing about those ‘needless’ low skilled workers. It won’t be long before everyone’s job is threatened by the greedy 1%ers at the top

      • Please try to avoid negative assumptions and stay mature. I never said I wasn’t assume by any stretch and actually I never mentioned anything about myself and only commented on my opinion on this union. Not sure why you’re all of a sudden attacking me? Having said that no not ‘everyone’s job will be threatened. There are new jobs now and different ones in the future that haven’t existed before. In general Software coding, robotics, Engineering, trades are all fine. Robotics / automation can replace repetitive work like some accounting, and bean counting, but not for example fire fighting, police, and Engineers. Each crime scene, burning building, and design is different and requires creative thought. Location is also key too so move to where the jobs are. Get professional licensing. Example FTW can not replace licensed Professional Engineers because by law all building drawings need to be sealed by a P.Eng for building permit. This is why Engineers are in demand but there are other careers too. I wish you best of luck.

  3. Ikea already pay more than most retail jobs. Why is the union demanding more than what a comparable retail job pays? There are very few retail jobs that pay $20 a hour. Try Sears, The Bay, The Brick, London Drugs, Shoppers Drugmart, Best Buy, Future Shop, Target, They pay well below $20. Wages start at minimum wage in most retail stores. There are no other retail jobs that pay more than Ikea. Yet iKea workers are demanding more money for a job that hardly requires Rocket Science.

    • So you think $20..00 an hour is too much living in one of the most expensive cities in North America and that Ikea can’t afford to pay a decent wage?
      Why are you so worried about protecting Ikeas record setting profits.

      • No it’s not unreasonable and of course it would be nice if everybody made six figures, prices stayed the same or lower, and as a result everybody lived the good life here. It’s the reality of how the world has changed and economic realities that makes these $21 / hour non-skilled retail jobs a thing of the past. It’s far more productive to change yourself then to try to change the world. In terms of working for money you want to work towards Professional licensing (examples licensed Professional Engineer, Trades Red Seal, Accounting CPA, Healthcare, etc.) so you can make a lot and not be replaced by FTW. People say FTWs can replace anybody but that’s not true, example by law only a Licensed Professional Engineer can seal drawings for building permit and to be licensed you have to have worked and lived here for years. In the long run though you want your money to work for you so you don’t have to waste your time at any job but that’s another topic.

        • “six figures”? Hah! That is something like $48 an hour. You think the world has changed and that these jobs have no place in today’s world? Imagine if all of these jobs disappeared with a poof one day… have fun getting food or any of the basic essentials to live your life. With an attitude like you have, no wonder people are practically on the verge of civil unrest in some parts of the world. People are not any less important because of how much money they are paid to do a job. No wonder unions are still around and need to be around. The funny part is people like yourself complain about all the lowly workers who barely deserve crumbs in your mind yet you depend on them for so much while you enjoy your weekend and stat holidays and your pensions, etc. yet you haven’t a clue of where they all originated from and why.

      • Trev . . . use a little logic please . . . Its not about where you live, its about WHAT you DO . . .
        Should Clerks in a self-serve store make the same as . . . say a Brain Surgeon or a Plumber?
        Didn’t we have that experiment for 70 odd years in the 20th Century?
        How well did it work? I seem to remember that it did not work out too well . . in fact it was a complete disaster.
        So . . . how much is enough, who will decide . . . what does it have to do with Profits.
        How many people would be working if the company made NO Profits?
        Who in their right mind would get involved with the Teamsters?

  4. Was not this tactic “offer money to striking workers to cross the picket line and return to work.” also used repeatedly by the Liberals at the end of June during their pretend “negotiations” with teachers?
    One Supreme Court Judge [Susan Griffin] has already found the BC Liberal government bargained in “bad faith” in previous negotiations with teachers [February 2014 decision].
    The LRB is certainly making it easy for those 5 BC Supreme Court Appeal Judges in October to support their colleague Griffin’s findings.
    The Liberals and IKEA need to abandon the “groupthink” sham and go to mediation for some overdue lessons in how to collectively bargain in good faith.

    • The BCTF often point that out but in reality the government has done nothing officially illegal. When you lose a court case, by law you are allowed to appeal it. The BCTF could and would have done the same if they had lost. Just like when the BCTF with Victory Square law firm lost the case when the courts found that Government had every right to cut wages back by 10% during rotating strikes. In regards to Ikea, these workers have an uphill battle as high pay for unskilled labour is a thing of the past.

    • Really Mike . . . who legislated the teachers back to work in the 90s ?
      Why were they unable to come to an agreement with three different govts in the last 30 years? Could it be the teachers continue to choose incompetent leaders?
      Who in their right mind gives an employee the right to pick and choose how much and when they will work?

      Professors get themselves licensed by their own group, few of whom have had any experience in the free market, where profit and loss determine who survives and who fails. Then, having created a state-mandated barrier to entry, they earn above-market wages paid by taxpayers. This starts at the university level, and then it moves down to the very lowest levels of the educational system.
      It is all a farce. It is summarized by the slogan we have all heard: “He who can, does. He who can’t, teaches. He who can’t teach, teaches teachers.”

    • The same judge, Susan Griffin, presided over the second trial with the same conclusion. I wonder if there is some judicial bias with the same judge reaching the same conclusion over and over. We should see what the appeal judges decide before we reach any conclusions.

      • Richard, she found the Government to be unconstitutional I think she is quite qualified to be able to state what that is in the constitution, lawyers have stated the Government went to far, the case before the courts is to see if the Government win the rights to appeal, if they broke the laws of the constitution, it’s over for the Governments case.

  5. I’ll shop there. No line ups! However, the union is set to go back ONLY if those employees who crossed the picket line are fired. That’s not right. They do not get to decide who can work and who cannot. That’s the employer’s decision.