A very good resource…

…The Center for Justice and Democracy’s FAQ page:http://www.centerjd.org/faq#n1355

And CommonDreams submissions page:
http://www.commondreams.org/writers-guidelines

The key quote from this article http://articles.latimes.com/2011/apr/10/business/la-fi-ikea-union-20110410 Is this:

"Ikea is a very strong brand and they lean on some kind of good Swedishness in their business profile. That becomes a complication when they act like they do in the United States," said Sjoo. "For us, it’s a huge problem."

Laborers in Swedwood plants in Sweden produce bookcases and tables similar to those manufactured in Danville. The big difference is that the Europeans enjoy a minimum wage of about $19 an hour and a government-mandated five weeks of paid vacation. Full-time employees in Danville start at $8 an hour with 12 vacation days — eight of them on dates determined by the company.

What’s more, as many as one-third of the workers at the Danville plant have been drawn from local temporary-staffing agencies. These workers receive even lower wages and no benefits, employees said.

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