Voces de la Frontera: Fired employees call on Palermo Villa to comply with government decision for reinstatement and back pay

Contact: Joe Shansky (414) 218 – 3331, [email protected]

Workers file new charges as legislators demand accountability at Palermo’s

MILWAUKEE- Fired Palermo’s Pizza workers and supporters of the Palermo Workers Union will announce Monday that new charges have been filed against the company for firing union supporters, and will demand that Palermo’s comply with the government decision to reinstate and provide back pay for eleven workers that Palermo’s improperly fired in the summer of 2012.

Two of the eleven workers that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ordered reinstated in November 2012 will share their story of struggle since they were wrongfully terminated in June. A third Palermo’s employee fired in January will share his story of retaliatory termination in response to his outspoken support for a union voice on the job.

State Rep. Jon Richards will address the lack of accountability for taxpayer financed loans to Palermo’s, and the problems of transparency at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). City Council member Tony Zielinski will also speak about the urgent need for negotiations to resolve the long-standing labor conflict, now in its tenth month.

WHO: State Assembly Representative Jon Richards; Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski; Sheila Cochran, Secretary-Treasurer of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council; Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera; Palermo’s employees fired in January for union activity; Workers who have not been reinstated as ordered by the NLRB; community leaders, friends, and allies.

WHAT: Press Conference

WHERE: Milwaukee City Hall, ground floor atrium

WHEN: 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM CST