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Fight Over [Illegal] Immigrant Firings
NY Times ^ | 27 July 2012 | STEVEN GREENHOUSE and STEVEN YACCINO

Posted on 07/28/2012 2:27:51 PM PDT by bjorn14

MILWAUKEE — On May 27, about 150 workers from Palermo’s Pizza factory here, representing three-fourths of its production workers, met to sign a petition saying they wanted to unionize. They say they gave the petition to management two days later.

Around the same time, Palermo’s delivered letters to 89 immigrant workers, asking them to provide documentation verifying that they had the right to work in the United States. Ten days later, almost all of them were fired.

Labor organizers assert that Palermo’s, one of the nation’s largest producers of frozen pizza, was trying to snuff out a unionization drive in its infancy. The company says it was merely responding to warnings it had received from federal immigration authorities to fire unauthorized workers or face hefty fines.

Scores of Palermo’s workers have been on strike since June 1 to protest this immigration crackdown, as well as what they say were poor wages and working conditions. Day after day, the strikers picket outside the factory, often in 90-degree heat, chanting, “No justice, no pizza.” Labor unions across the nation have rallied behind them and called for a boycott of Palermo’s products.

At a time when labor leaders see immigrants as a group ripe for unionization, the conflict highlights how difficult it can be to organize workplaces that include unauthorized workers, who are entitled to certain labor protections despite working illegally.

The fight also demonstrates how the Obama administration’s campaign to toughen immigration enforcement in workplaces can increase employers’ leverage to derail unionization efforts.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: aliens; illegal; immigrants; palermo; union
Looks like Palermo's killed two birds with on stone!
1 posted on 07/28/2012 2:27:56 PM PDT by bjorn14
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To: bjorn14; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

Wisconsin pizza union/immigration flap

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


2 posted on 07/28/2012 2:34:13 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: bjorn14
Note that the Times story conveniently omits the specifics regarding whether the “provide ID” request came before or after the petition was turned in. “About the same time” probably means the request came BEFORE the petition.

Whichever, the employer most likely has a record of the federal request which would prove the union's made up the “retaliation” issue. Funny how the Times staff of "professional reporters" didn't check or (most likely) didn't report on that, huh?

3 posted on 07/28/2012 2:45:17 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: bjorn14

They deserve to get unionized for having criminal Mexicans working there in the first place.


4 posted on 07/28/2012 2:47:27 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Free people, when presented only with evil choices, create other choices.(EternalVigilance))
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To: ArmstedFragg

Today’s reporters have no idea that people can be duplicitous. They are sheep.


5 posted on 07/28/2012 2:49:05 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: bjorn14

How can illegals be able to find work in the US when we already have a 10% unemployment rate?


6 posted on 07/28/2012 2:50:09 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: bjorn14

But... these people snuck into the country illegally. If the government knows this, shouldn’t they just be deported?

Remember the bygone era, before the nation became an idiocracy, when the above observation would have ended any debate on the issue?


7 posted on 07/28/2012 2:51:49 PM PDT by Mentos
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To: bjorn14

And the problem with that is?


8 posted on 07/28/2012 3:20:52 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: ArmstedFragg

I agree...the request probably came before the union notification which means these illegals believe they could hide behind the union thuggery.

Without these “votes” to vote whether or not to take a
unionization vote, I’m betting the union wanting to
represent works at this facility do not enough votes.

And of course the next accusation from a Palmero’s worker will be a formal unfair labor practice accusation.


9 posted on 07/28/2012 3:21:42 PM PDT by ebersole
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To: bjorn14

Palermo products boycott is being called for? Hmmm...more of it for us! :)


10 posted on 07/28/2012 3:26:30 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!!)
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To: bjorn14

Palermo products boycott is being called for? Hmmm...more of it for us! :)


11 posted on 07/28/2012 3:28:38 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!!)
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To: bjorn14
Ten days later, almost all of them were fired....
Labor organizers assert that Palermo’s, one of the nation’s largest producers of frozen pizza, was trying to snuff out a unionization drive in its infancy.

Good and GOOD!

12 posted on 07/28/2012 3:35:08 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: bjorn14

“Around the same time, Palermo’s delivered letters to 89 immigrant workers, asking them to provide documentation verifying that they had the right to work in the United States. Ten days later, almost all of them were fired.”

89 down, 20-30 million to go. (I know, I know, it doesn’t say they were deported, but I can dream, can’t I?)


13 posted on 07/28/2012 3:35:51 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Da Coyote

No problem whatsoever. I’m happy that Gov. Walker is rubbing off on the private sector.


14 posted on 07/28/2012 3:43:09 PM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: bjorn14

Here’s the origin of this foolish story.

http://www.vdlf.org/


15 posted on 07/28/2012 4:22:05 PM PDT by damncat
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To: bjorn14
Scores of Palermo’s workers have been on strike since June 1 to protest this immigration crackdown, as well as what they say were poor wages and working conditions. Day after day, the strikers picket outside the factory, often in 90-degree heat, chanting, “No justice, no pizza.”

If the job sucks so bad, why are you picketing? Go look for a better job. Stupid A-Holes.

16 posted on 07/28/2012 4:31:26 PM PDT by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: Graybeard58
They deserve to get unionized for having criminal Mexicans working there in the first place.

They deserve an EEOC investigation for not hiring people who fill out their I9 fraudulently.

17 posted on 07/28/2012 4:36:07 PM PDT by the_daug
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To: bjorn14
I guess it's Chick-fil-A for lunch now - Palermos for dinner!


18 posted on 07/28/2012 4:37:26 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: bjorn14

“There is some irony in the Palermo’s dispute — a company that boasts that it was founded by immigrants finds itself in battle with its immigrant employees.”

Make that LEGAL immigrants!!!


19 posted on 07/28/2012 5:01:11 PM PDT by timlilje
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To: Feckless
Why only "almost all"..why not "every last one of them"?

The Kenyan must go.

20 posted on 07/28/2012 5:09:38 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: bjorn14

and the RATS, take another one in the.........HA ha!!!

21 posted on 07/28/2012 5:54:42 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: bjorn14

I have been buying Palermos pizzas ever since this story came out.


22 posted on 07/28/2012 6:37:15 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: metalurgist

Of course the truth is the opposite. Palermos has good working conditions and pays competively. Props have to be given to the county exec whoade a statement in favor of them. He’s a lefty but for once came down on the right side


23 posted on 07/29/2012 4:38:21 AM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: metalurgist

Of course the truth is the opposite. Palermos has good working conditions and pays competively. Props have to be given to the county exec whoade a statement in favor of them. He’s a lefty but for once came down on the right side


24 posted on 07/29/2012 4:38:32 AM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: metalurgist

Of course the truth is the opposite. Palermos has good working conditions and pays competively. Props have to be given to the county exec whoade a statement in favor of them. He’s a lefty but for once came down on the right side


25 posted on 07/29/2012 4:38:32 AM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: metalurgist

Of course the truth is the opposite. Palermos has good working conditions and pays competively. Props have to be given to the county exec whoade a statement in favor of them. He’s a lefty but for once came down on the right side


26 posted on 07/29/2012 4:38:32 AM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: metalurgist

Of course the truth is the opposite. Palermos has good working conditions and pays competively. Props have to be given to the county exec whoade a statement in favor of them. He’s a lefty but for once came down on the right side


27 posted on 07/29/2012 4:38:41 AM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: metalurgist

Of course the truth is the opposite. Palermos has good working conditions and pays competively. Props have to be given to the county exec whoade a statement in favor of them. He’s a lefty but for once came down on the right side


28 posted on 07/29/2012 4:38:56 AM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: metalurgist

Of course the truth is the opposite. Palermos has good working conditions and pays competively. Props have to be given to the county exec whoade a statement in favor of them. He’s a lefty but for once came down on the right side


29 posted on 07/29/2012 4:38:56 AM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: metalurgist

Of course the truth is the opposite. Palermos has good working conditions and pays competively. Props have to be given to the county exec whoade a statement in favor of them. He’s a lefty but for once came down on the right side


30 posted on 07/29/2012 4:38:56 AM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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