In all honesty, I will be much more inclined and happy to shop at Ikea knowing
that they value their employees enough to pay them better. It is also for this
reason that I shop at Costco and not and Sam's Club.
The best form of Patriotism, is the well-paid worker. Not the CEO
that makes 430 times his employee.
Paganpatriotism to buy swedish made furniture?I thought it
would be to buy domestically produced goods.welcome back -
we've missed you
@ Spangs, I agree. Also so much smarter to tie it to cost of
living in the city instead of the "one size fits all".
@lost in dc yes blindly buying american no matter how destructive their
practices are is the true Patriotism, MARICA!
Buying American is the biggest myth of Americana. I mean, our colonists
didn't want to buy British. They wanted those fancy French shirts and the
Spanish Rum. This is the true tradition of America, buy the best quality
product at the lowest cost possible.
Kally,thanks for the disyou mean US factories that abide by EPA
regulations are more destructive than chinese or indian factories that pollute
without care? really?? besides - it's MAIR-KA! learn how to spell your
insults correctly.Howard Bealyou show your own ignorance -
there was no (or little) American manufacturing at the time, so there was no
option other than french or british. you could say "british' was
domestic production at the time, as they were technically british citizens, and
they DID buy mainly british goods, since the british crown was at war with
france most of the time and french goods were not readily available
(legally).thank you for the opportunity to educate you.
@lost in DC your argument maybe more credible if you actually stuck to the
subject of the story.. As you, yourself point out this is a Swedish company not
a Chinese or Indian company. Secondly the subject of the article is wages not
air pollution, US companies that pay their workers poorly cost all of us. The
fact that you would know how to spell the insult really does not help your
credibility by the way.
The important thing to understand is that pay should be tied to the job being
done and experience of the worker. The current minimum wage is too low for a
person with some experience, but may be adequate for a teenager who is trying to
learn basic job skills. I was actually surprised by how low IKEA's pay
was. Last time I was in IKEA none of the workers appeared to be teenagers.
Most appeared to be mid-twenties and likely had some experience in the job
market. Even with the raise - an average associate pay of $10.46 for workers
with experience is pretty lame.With respect to the discussion of
American history - actually one of the major reasons for discontent was that the
British were interfering with the ability of the colonist to manufacture their
own goods to force them to by manufactured goods from Britain. Prior to the
days of mega-cargo ships, this meant that manufactured goods were very