Worker Rights Consortium report re alleged anti-union activities of Palermo's [USA]

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Published on: 4 March 2013

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Jackson Lewis to respond to the concerns raised in the report by the Worker Rights Consortium, but it did not do so.] On 5 February 2013 the Worker Rights Consortium released a report about Palermo’s, a manufacturer of frozen pizzas. The report alleges that Palermo’s has “committed serious violations of worker rights and that these violations remain ongoing.”...[T]he report alleges that the company used an audit by US immigration and Customs enforcement “as a pretext to terminate…approximately 75 striking workers” in an attempt to "thwart" unionisation attempts. It also says that: Palermo’s hostility toward unionisation is reflected in the company’s decision to hire Jackson Lewis, a law firm with a “reputation for advising employers in the use of aggressive tactics to defeat workers’ unionization drives”. Palermo’s has a sponsorship agreement with University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletics...The report alleges that the actions of Palermo’s “violated provision of university codes of conduct that protect workers' rights of freedom of association and collective bargaining”...Both Palermo's and University of Wisconsin-Madison have issued public responses to the report...

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