Workers at the IKEA distribution center in Minooka, Illinois voted yesterday for a union. Of the workers at the unit, 83 (53 percent) voted yes for the union while 73 voted no.
The IAMAW which had launched a national organizing campaign targeting IKEA distribution centers in the United States and Canada achieved its first victory after an intense organizing drive.
“We congratulate the Machinists in a successful organizing campaign in Minooka. Workers have taken the courageous step in voting for the union recognizing that only through a collective stand they can further improve their working conditions and have a voice in the work place,” stated Ambet Yuson General Secretary of BWI.
“It is clear that workers at the IKEA distribution center in Minooka had concerns which they believed could be only addressed by joining a union. Now that the workers have voted for a union, the next step is to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the IKEA management,” stated Mike Rose, Chief of Staff to the International President, IAMAW and the Vice-President of BWI North America Region.