One of the most important legacies of the Wisconsin uprising is the mobilization of a new wave of activists. Nearly 300 workers at Palermo’s Pizza in Milwaukee are among this powerful new wave. Emboldened by the broader movement for workers’ rights in Wisconsin, they have joined together to raise standards for themselves and customers alike. Many of the workers had come to the United States to build better lives for themselves and their families, and their concern over unsafe working conditions and unfair treatment at the frozen pizza plant inspired a desire for a voice on the job.
But sadly, their efforts to organize have been met with fear-mongering and intimidation by Palermo’s Pizza. The company has even resorted to threatening Latino employees about their immigration status and—when they walked off the job in protest—with permanent replacement.
Yet, even in the face of intimidation tactics and unlawful efforts to interfere with their organizing efforts, these courageous, hardworking employees are standing strong in solidarity. They know they are part of building a movement. Striking workers even took time to knock on doors on Tuesday to help mobilize voters.
The Palermo’s Pizza workers call on pizza lovers everywhere to contact Palermo’s Pizza and tell owners that their customers won’t buy their pizza unless the company stops the unlawful intimidation campaign and attacks on the rights of workers who simply want to use their collective strength to secure safe and fair working conditions and a better life.