Congratulations to 64 warehouse workers at the IKEA distribution center in Frederickson, WA who voted overwhelmingly last night to ratify their first union contract. Welcome to Teamsters Local 117!
The workers came together seeking job security, respect, fair and equal treatment, and a voice at work.
“We are excited to have the strength of the Teamsters behind us,” said Mario Sapilak, a 4-year IKEA employee.
The new contract secures wage increases for the group, health and welfare protections, seniority rights, protections against arbitrary discipline, and a process for settling disputes.
The contract negotiation process began after workers voted to become Teamsters in an NLRB election on September 18.
Prior to the election, workers received letters of support from UNI – Global Union, which represents 20 million service sector workers worldwide, as well as unions in Sweden that represent workers at IKEA.
“Workers at IKEA showed incredible strength and solidarity throughout this process,” said Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters 117. “They stuck together and stood up for fairness, equal treatment, and a voice at work. With this vote, they have joined a union of 16,000 members strong who will fight on their behalf. We are proud to have them standing with us.”