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Striking Palermo's Workers Ask Costco to Enforce Suppliers Code of Conduct

Laura Torres. Photo ©Wendi Kent used by permission.

Workers at Palermo's Pizza in Milwaukee, Wis., have been on strike for nearly two months in a struggle for justice with one of the largest frozen pizza manufacturers in the nation.

Palermo's Pizza workers are demanding safe working conditions and recognition for their union. They are also seeking reinstatement of workers who they say were terminated for organizing. The National Labor Relations Board  is investigating the company’s conduct. The workers also say Palermo's is continuing with its intimidation campaign.

You can help the workers—like Laura Torres, a single mother of six who has worked at the Palermo's plant for 10 years—by asking Costco, Palermo’s biggest customer, to urge the pizza maker to respect workers and improve working conditions at the plant.

The workers are focused on Costco because the wholesale warehouse chain has built a reputation as the anti- Walmart with a commitment to a strong “Suppliers Code of Conduct.”  A major part of that is a “continuing commitment to the protection and improvement of employees’ rights.” Costco can audit its suppliers, like Palermo’s, to make sure they are in compliance with the code.

Click here to send the following letter to Costco that emphasizes that many people shop there because of its commitment to the Suppliers Code of Conduct.:

I am writing you to express my concerns about the labor dispute with your pizza supplier, Palermo’s Pizza, and its workers and to urge you to contact Palermo’s executives Giacomo and Angelo Fallucca to urge them to improve workplace safety and treat their workers fairly.

Follow the Palermo’s Strike on Twitter: @PalermosStrike, sign the Palermo's workers' petition here and go to for the latest news videos and more.

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