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Taking the Truth About Palermo's Pizza to Costco

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The striking Palermo’s Pizza workers’ Truth Tour hits Seattle today where Palermo's workers and their allies are marching to Costco’s corporate headquarters in nearby Issaquah to urge Costco—the largest retailer of Palermo's products—to support the workers and stop selling the pizzas.

Palermo's Pizza workers, who have been on strike since June 1, are demanding safe working conditions and recognition for their union. They also are seeking reinstatement of 90 workers who they say were terminated for organizing. The National Labor Relations Board is investigating those charges.

Palermo's workers are focusing 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.

As one member (see photo) of the Tumblr group, Costco Members in Solidarity with Palermo Workers, wrote last week after visiting her local Costco:

I shop at Costco because they are NOT Walmart/Sam’s Club. They pay well, offer good benefits, and respect their workers. I spent $6,446 at Costco this year. I just told the manager that Costco should respect their own Supplier Code of Conduct and drop pizza made by Palermo’s!

Today’s Washington State action includes University of Washington students, the M.L. King County Labor Council, the Washington State Labor Council, working people, community activists and United Steelworkers (USW) Vice President Fred Redmond.

You can stand up for Palermo’s Pizza workers and take action today. Here is how you can help:

1. Send an email to Costco urging them to stand with Palermo's workers

2. Call Costco headquarters at 888-997-2810 and demand Costco take action to support Palermo's workers and follow its Suppliers Code of Conduct.

3. "Like" the Support Striking Palermo's Workers Facebook page

Click on the Slice of Justice action page for more ways to help

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