The misinformed and uninformed about IKEA Richmond
It pains me to read comments about “they’ve been on strike for 14 months but who needs them when their store has always underperformed.” What evidence do you have that unionized stores always underperform? I’ll give you some cold, hard truth. Unionized stores do not imply unionized managers. Simply put, workers at these stores do not get to self-appoint their number of work hours. Working 2 years at IKEA Richmond has let me realize how little hours I am getting (even as a part-timer), especially when reaching the end of the last contract agreed upon by both the union and store. When I DO work, there is little time for me to even go for my REQUIRED breaks. Is there a reason for all this? IKEA does not want a unionized store so they give us fewer hours collectively, so they can prove the end-all for businesses - low store performance. I cannot tell you an exact number of fellow workers I know who work another job to support their families and/or themselves. A lot of these workers have been with IKEA Richmond for a decade or more. On the flip side, when we work under a union, we have had the highest customer satisfaction out of the two stores located in British Columbia (Richmond being unionized; Coquitlam not).
There is also an important fact that the public overlooks. IKEA is not required to report store performances from each store to the public. The workers, though, see this every week. I’ve noticed that IKEA Coquitlam consistently had fewer returns than our store. When I ask customers who come to my returns counter, it seems as if they come to Richmond with IKEA Coquitlam receipts because they were refused there first. Does that means Richmond’s store should continue in the same fashion? Not quite, as we should look into the ORIGINAL flawed products that IKEA distributes from questionable suppliers. There is no question to the fact that every new season brings more product recalls and disappointed consumers. IKEA is using cheap wood and designs. The wood is a combination of waste and recycled wood. It will break when you attempt to dismantle and re-build. I know of many of you who had to go through this when trying to building an IKEA product for the FIRST time, let alone trying to move with them.
As for the complaints that we are striking due to our own selfish desires for wage increase - it is a lock-out! A lock-out differs from a strike when workers are bargained in bad faith to return to the store to work. Read the latest article on this in any Vancouver news outlet.
Workers who have been on lock-out for the last 14 months are not only people who serve you cheap soft-serve ice-cream or who pull that mattress off a rafter for you; they are also the designers, graphic artists and babysitters and assistant managers who workers call on before managers decide to waltz onto the floor, where the irate customers wait. So consider this before you waltz in with all your comments in defense of convenient and cheap consuming.
Big Foreheads and Ambiguity
#just a little piece
#a piece of my 21 old self
It pains my forehead when I think how it is exposed to you
It’s always open for viewing, whereas yours were never open
It is what makes my mom grin at
While it’s only seen your grimace
For now, we are not even friends
I wish I never entertained a conversation
Or thought of what would lead after the end to your question
Does not all leading questions bring us to changing answers?
I wish that many likely situations
Would not have made sense then, thus
Giving me a sense of finality towards
These thoughts swimming behind this forehead.
#life as we know it
#the human condition
So I’ve been watching a lot of miscellaneous lifestyle variety/documentary shows from S.Korea. I’m really liking the Human Condition episodes that star an all-female cast. Highly recommend everyone to check the episodes out on Youtube. Disclaimer: I am in no ways involved in production, distribution or management of said show. (If I was, it would be by all means shared amongst friends and not “friends of friends” - I’m looking at you FB).
Anyhow, the most recent English subbed episode has the female cast surviving only on part-time jobs, while sharing the costs of electricity, gas and housing amongst the five women. If they were celebrities that I had previous bias of, then my focus during the show would have been simply superficial: passing through disbelief, shock or second-hand embarassment about the job hunting and consequent behaviours. Fortunately, the casting team did not bother with K-pop idols or famous actresses. The theme though, gave me a lot to think over. No person I can name, will stick with part-time work that is also inconsistent unless it is the only option. Putting the discussion of more women than men left with this sole option aside, I instead thought of my own personal experiences with part-time work. Whether it be at a deli, a cafe, an optical store, a furniture store or a laboratory, I do not refer to such work as a career but as a job. I guess I always held onto that hope of a career that would grant consistency, security and recognition that few part-timers experience. But really - would working part-time jobs after a degree really have such a bad ring to it?
So here is some unexpected prose.
It takes a lot to stay where your dreams have dried up, but to dream up new dreams with no belonging eventually takes more of you.