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Palermo’s “Hard To Swallow”

The struggles at Palermo’s has been going on for over a year now – what’s the latest on this local struggle?  People’s World profiled the workers and their strike last month, offering outsiders a glimpse into how this all began.

“Palermo’s factory workers are often recent immigrants, but despite their vulnerable position they banded together and presented their employer with a petition, signed by 150 workers, stating their intent to unionize so they could effectively discuss issues of safety, health and wages. The company responded, not by pulling up a chair to the negotiating table, but rather by calling for an “immigration audit” that would require workers to produce additional documents to verify their legal status.”

Check out the rest of the article here.


When “America’s Dairyland” Ran Out of Milk

Over at People’s World, there is a fantastic article about a local labor issue at Golden Guernsey Dairy of Waukesha.

“In September 2011 the plant was acquired by a California outfit known as ‘OpenGate Capital.’ This is the sort of Romneyesque outfit that Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry once blasted as engaging in “vulture capitalism”.  It seems the folks at OpenGate have been sharpening their pencils and checking the bottom line ever since the purchase and despite sales increasing by 20 percent they thought the quickest way to a sure profit was to shut it down, and quickly.”

Read the rest of the article here.


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