On June 1, 2012, Â workers atÂ Palermoâ€™s Pizza went on strike for better wages, safe working conditions and the right to a union. Â Palermo’s, owned by the Falluca family, sells frozen pizzas under its own brand lines, as well as under large chain supermarket house names. Â Earlier in 2012,Â 90 workers had been fired immediately after their attempt to organize. Â In the year since, the workers have pursued a case with the National Labor Relations Board, and worker justice groups from around the state have publicized their plight. Â Recently, the Dept. of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Palermo’s forÂ 8 safety violations. Â Just this month,Â aÂ Â worker lost three fingers on the job. Â
One year later, Palermo owners continue to refuse to talk to their employees collectively. Â The UW, despite student protests, Â continues to sell Palermo’s Pizza. Â And so we march with the workers from Palermo’s factory to the owners’ home, to tell themÂ that these brave families are not done fighting for justice – and neither are we. Â
Send off rally at 8 am! Â RAIN OR SHINEÂ Start atÂ Palermoâ€™s at 3301 W. Canal St. and end with an 8:00 p.m. candlelight vigil at the owners’ home in Mequon. (Vigil flyer) Â Â The march is set up with sponsored rest stops at set times, so that you can do all 18 miles or whatever part works for you. Â CLICK HERE FOR A DETAILED SCHEDULEÂ Â ICWJ will be one of the hosts at Rest Stop #3 in the afternoon.Â The walk from Rest Stop #5 to the end will be an important time to show the workers that we are with them all the way. Â We encourage you to take part at any point of the day that works for you. Â Â Click here for a walker’s checklistÂ and Click here for a Â Route MapÂ . Â Â Â Â Â Share the event on FacebookÂ
8:00AM, Send-off Rally @ 3301 W. Canal St., Mke
8:30AM – 8:00PM, walk from Mke to Mequon
8:00PM, Candlelight Vigil, 12801 N. Fox Hollow Rd., Mequon
The walk is divided into 6 sections, with 5 pre-planned rest stops at specific times. Groups of sponsors will coordinate food and drink at each rest stop.
FEEL FREE TO JOIN US AT ANY POINT ALONG THE WAY.Â **Remember to wear comfortable shoes, bring snacks and water to stay hydrated/nourished, and be prepared with sun and rain protection***