Milwaukee, Wisc.-based Palermo’s Pizza is taking heat from unions and union sympathizers following a Workers Rights Consortium (WRC) report alleging that the business illegally fired 90 employees for attempting to organize a union.
Palermo’s has a sponsorship agreement with University of Wisconsin Athletics and is a supplier of Roundy’s, a University of Wisconsin, Madison, licensee. In the wake of the WRC report, pro-union forces are calling on the University to cut all ties with the pizza maker.
According to the WRC, not only should all of the fired employees be rehired, but they should be given full back pay and be allowed to collectively bargain. Palermo’s disagrees and is firing back at critics from its Twitter account:
From a February 7 letter from UW-Madison Interim Chancellor David Ward to the University Committee, the Academic Staff Executive Committee, the Associated Students of Madison and the Labor Licensing Policy Committee:
On November 29, 2012, NLRB Regional Director Irving Gottschalk issued a decision that found the majority of the alleged labor law violations against Palermo’s lacked merit.
Also, Palermo’s has acknowledged its willingness to remedy an unresolved issue involving approximately five employees who may be extended offers of re-employment. The university urges the parties to move toward a swift resolution for the benefit of the employees involved.
The NLRB findings noted above have been appealed, with an outcome of the appeal not completed at this time.
Good on Palermo’s for standing up to knee-jerk union thuggery.
What a radical idea.