Ikea Loses Battle To Keep Union Out Of Va. Plant

This week, workers at an Ikea plant in Danville, Va., voted by a wide margin in favor of a union that will negotiate wages and benefits. Workers there have complained about poor working conditions and wages that are far below those of the furniture chain's workers in Sweden, where it's based.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

NPR's business news starts with a union at IKEA.

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INSKEEP: We're talking here about the low-cost furniture chain IKEA, which has lost a battle to keep a union out of one of its American factories. This week, workers at the company's plant in Danville, Virginia voted by a wide margin in favor of a union that will negotiate wages and benefits. Workers there have complained about poor working conditions and wages that they say are far below those of IKEA workers in Sweden, where the company is based.

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