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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 10:49 PM

Palermo's workers at Costco HQ today

Palermo’s workers are in Seattle today for a delegation and action at Costco headquarters. They're entering their six month of their strike and still going strong, ramping up their efforts to get Costco to pressure Palermo’s Pizza to reinstate fired workers and recognize their union.

Here are ways you can do to help:

1. Call Costco HQ at 888-997-2810 and demand Costco take action to support Palermo's workers. Here are some talking points you can use:

• I am calling to express my concern about Costco's refusal to adequately address labor rights issues at the Palermo's Pizza factory in Milwaukee.

• I'm asking Costco to stop purchasing Palermo’s Pizza until fired workers are reinstated and the workers’ union is recognized.

• I would also like Costco to follow its own supplier policy and fully investigate reports of illegal firings at the Palermo's Pizza factory.

• Costco has the power to stop this dispute and get workers back to work.

2. Spread the word on Twitter and Facebook about today’s action. Sample stuff below.

3. Find other ways to take action: http://sliceofjustice.com/day-of-action

4. The action is going to be live streamed today too starting at noon. You can watch it here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/palermo-s-pizza-workers-rally


Here’s a shareable FB link:


Sample Facebook Post

Starting at noon today, get in on the Palermo’s Pizza workers’ Striker Truth Tour day of action by writing on the Costco Facebook Fan Page and Palermo’s Pizza Facebook Fan Page. Workers, community members, students and union activists will rally outside the company’s headquarters asking to meet with the CEO, urging Costco to put pressure on Palermo’s Pizza to reinstate fired workers, provide a safer workplace and recognize their union. Simply copy and paste the sample posts below or write your own post. For more information about the day of action, visit sliceofjustice.com/day-of-action.

Sample Post to Post on Costco FB Page

Sample Costco Post: I'm a Costco customer and I am concerned that Costco refuses to adequately address labor rights and safety violations at the Palermo's Pizza factory in Milwaukee. I'm asking Costco to follow its own supplier policy and fully investigate reports of illegal firings and workplace safety violations. I want Costco to do the right thing—stop turning a blind eye to worker's rights abuses and help us end this dispute as quickly as possible.

Sample Post to Post on Costco FB Page

Sample Palermo’s Pizza Post: I love pizza, but I can't stomach attacks on workers' rights or unsafe working conditions. I care about quality pizza - and that means ensuring workers of ALL backgrounds are protected on the job. I’m asking Palermo's Pizza to stop its effort to interfere with the workers' organizing campaign by threatening and terminating your employees. I can't in good conscience buy your pizza anymore until this unlawful intimidation campaign stops.


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For Immediate Release

November 16, 2012 Contact: Patrick Young (412) 298-6361

Striking Palermo Workers Bring Rally to Costco Headquarters

Members of Palermo Workers Union who make Costco Frozen Pizza
travel from Milwaukee to Issaquah to seek support from CEO.

(ISSAQUAH, Wash.) -- Striking members of the Palermo Workers Union will visit Costco Wholesale Headquarters for the first time since launching a national boycott in August against Palermo Pizza Products, which includes Costco’s Kirkland Brand Frozen Pizza. Costco is the largest retailer of Palermo products in the nation and has failed to recognize the boycott of the pizza products despite public pressure by consumers and striking workers.

WHO: Striking workers; University of Washington students; members of the King County Central Labor Council, the Washington State AFL-CIO, community activists and United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond

WHAT: A rally

WHEN: Noon, Friday, November 16

WHERE: In front of the Costco Headquarters at 999 Lake Dr. in Issaquah, WA.

WHY: The striking Palermo Workers are traveling throughout the United States to highlight Palermo’s worker abuses and to bring attention to the boycott of Palermo products to Costco customers.

Workers from Palermo’s Pizza, a large frozen pizza manufacturer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have been on strike since June 1, 2012 to protest unfair labor practices.

The workers are seeking union recognition and reinstatement after their employer fired over 80 striking workers. Workers at Palermo are concerned about serious health and safety hazards; they have no sick days and make little more than the minimum wage.

Photograph and interview opportunities available


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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:24 PM

1. The Palermo's workers deserve our support. Please consider calling.


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