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Boycott Palermos. Actually, do more than that. Fuck up their pizza boxes in stores so they are returned to them for credit. It's a good way of showing solidarity to the fellow exploited- especially folks who are risking so much.

 

P.S. Fuck Tom Barrett, Fuck Scott Walker, and Fuck the Police.

 

 

 

Palermo's workers strike

The people who make our frozen pizzas are on strike.

 

Beginning on Friday, June 1st, 2012, approximately 120 workers at Palermo's, a frozen pizza factory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, went on strike demanding that their union, the Palermo's Workers Union, be recognized so that they can obtain higher wages and benefits. At 8 am. that morning, the Palermo's management locked the first shift workers in the factory so that they could not join their second and third shift co-workers on the picket line. Police arrived on the scene, though did not intervene to stop the lock in or press charges against the owners of the factory.

 

As of June 4th, a picket line has been outside the factory round the clock and management has called in scabs. Palermo's is threatening to fire striking workers. In addition, management has threatened to call immigration services on the striking workers who are predominantly Latino. The local media has either completely ignored the strike or is providing false information about it. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – a large and generally conservative local media outlet – even claimed that “there's no action being taken against the company” and production was not effected* despite the fact that Palermos' profits have significantly decreased because of the strike, according to one striking worker and given that fact that the great majority of the workers are currently striking.

 

The Palermo's workers are requesting solidarity in the form of boycotts and material support in the form of water, food and other resources. As part of the boycott, the workers have requested that supporters of the strike call Palermo's at (414) 643-0919 to express their solidarity with the strike and their intent to boycott the company.

 

All information above was obtained by talking to striking workers on the picket line.

 

*http://www.jsonline.com/business/pickets-at-palermos-pizza-protest-immigration-probe-5i5knke-156426405.html

 

 

Critical Fragments Concerning the Palermo’s Strike

 

1. The ability of the Palermo’s workers to act for the immediate improvement of their working and living conditions is severely limited by the threat of deportation and other serious forms of repression. If decisive action is to be taken, it must come from an organized force other than the workers themselves. Unfortunately, it is not immediately obvious that intervention into the strike would be particularly beneficial to any outside party.

 

 

 

2. Until the above limitation is overcome either by decisive outside intervention, exceptional action on the part of the workers, or some combination of the two, the Palermo’s strike will remain firmly situated within a statist political paradigm. This paradigm is defined by the placement of the state in the position of mediator of all conflict between social antagonisms. The appeal to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to force the Palermo’s management to accept at least some of the workers’ demands is a prime example of this paradigm.

 

 

 

3. But management has a point. After the NLRB hands down its decision, undocumented workers will still be undocumented workers. Thus, there is space for a continuing antagonism which can stretch far beyond the walls of the Palermo’s factory.

 

 

 

4. In order to articulate that antagonism, the valorization of citizenship must be overcome among both the workers themselves and the leftists who have come out in support of them. It must be immediately made clear that integration into White America, if that is even possible for Latinos on a large scale in a time of crisis, is a betrayal to all oppressed people.

 

 

 

5. A through critique of the Left must also be put into action. The irrelevance of demands-based struggle must be demonstrated. Direct action must actually get the goods. The manipulations of leftist organizations must be exposed, especially those organizations which appear to be most closely aligned with those seeking the generalization of social antagonisms.

 

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