Jun 122013
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Company insists it cares 'tremendously' about workers as dispute drags on.

from The Tyee

"For a month now, international furniture giant Ikea has been embroiled in a tough labour dispute with over 350 unionized employees at its Richmond, BC, outlet. The $100-million store has operated on reduced hours, with a skeleton staff of managers and some Teamster workers who have broken with their union to cross picket lines.

"A BC Labour Relations Board ruling on June 5 ordered the company to 'cease and desist' from using some non-unionized workers who've helped keep the store open during the dispute. A few of those workers were brought in from outside BC.

"As well, union members who crossed the picket line at the embattled store will face an internal Teamster 'trial' this week that could see them expelled from union membership. …"

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