Palermo Pizza Workers Union Strike

A message from Robin Gee: The fight for decent and safe working conditions continues at Palermo’s in Milwaukee. This past weekend, there was a meeting of Palermo workers and supporters. Not a lot has been in the news lately here in Madison, but many union brothers and sisters have been involved in the recent past. The Palermo Workers Union is reaching out to the community for help in putting pressure on the owners to stop intimidating their workers.

For detailed information about the Palermo Workers Union campaign — as well as some horrific reports about ongoing health and safety issues at the plant — please download and read the recent letter from union organizers.

The amount of news and so-called news available online can be overwhelming.  To help you save time, we’ve waded through scores of recent online stories and selected a few that should be of interest to Local 243 members. 

For each item, we’ve included a headline with a link to the complete story, plus a brief excerpt so you can decide it you want to read more. Click here to have a look

The South Central Federation of Labor (SCFL) is hosting a fundraiser on Friday, December 14, 2012 to support the striking workers at Palermo’s Pizza.

According to Sue Vilbrant, assistant to the president at SCFL, “The Grinch aka Palermo’s Pizza is making it a tough holiday season for the families whose breadwinners have been on strike since June. Despite a partial victory in a decision by the NLRB the vast majority of strikers have been replaced at Palermo’s”

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“The muscle of Bucky Badger could possibly get behind striking workers at Palermo’s Pizza,” writes Pat Schneider in an article published in The Capital Times on November 10, 2012.

“The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Labor Licensing Policy Committee is recommending that the university move toward terminating contracts valued at more than $200,000 annually with the Milwaukee frozen pizza maker, whose products are sold at Camp Randall and the Kohl Center,” says Schneider. The contracts also allow for the use of the Bucky Badger logo on Palermo’s pizzas sold in grocery stores.”

Read the rest of the article HERE. Note, however, that Madison.com now has a pay wall that limits how many “free articles” readers may view each month before being hit with a $4.95 subscription fee.