August 24, 2012
No justice, no piece
This month the AFL-CIO endorsed a nationwide boycott of Palermo’s pizza over that company’s union busting at its factory in Milwaukee, WI. Workers there have been on strike since June 1 over unfair labor practices. After ask the company to recognize their union, which has the support of 80% of its employees, Palermo’s responded by firing 75 people.
The boycott covers Palermo’s brand pizza, “Classics” brand pizza and private label brand frozen pizza produced by Palermo including Costco’s Kirkland brand. This endorsement is part of the continued support for the efforts of the Palermo Workers Union by the United Steelworkers and the AFL-CIO, community and immigrant rights groups like Voces de la Frontera and students from the United States Students Association, the nation’s largest and oldest student-led organization.
“The twelve million union families of the AFL-CIO are proud to stand with these Wisconsin workers who have bravely joined together for a voice on the job,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said. “Their courage and strength are a model for working people around the country whose rights are being violated and voices silenced. We hope that this boycott will encourage Palermo to finally respect its workers who work so hard for them every day.”
Call Palermo’s and tell them to respect their workers at (414) 643-0919 and express your intent to Boycott Palermo’s!
Do you shop at Costco?
Costco members, tell the store manager you won’t buy any more Kirkland-brand frozen pizza – pizza made by these workers – until Palermo’s ends its unlawful efforts to interfere with the right of its workers to organize and bargain for a safer workplace and a better life. Click here to download a letter you can print out and take to your local Costco store (PDF).
Show your solidarity with the striking workers of Palermo’s by honoring the boycott.
Learn more about the Palermo’s Workers Union and how you can support them at http://sliceofjustice.com/.