On the eve of Washington, DC, meeting between Palermo’s CEO Giacomo “Jack” Fallucca and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, community allies joined with striking workers for boycott action in Grafton, WI.
The group spoke with dozens of shoppers on their way in to Costco Wholesale, the largest distributor of Palermo’s pizza, and urged Costco members to join the boycott campaign.
A number of Costco members allied with the Palermo’s Workers Union went inside Costco to ask for a printout of the total dollar amount they had spent at Costco in 2011 and so far in 2012. They were surprised to discover that the sum total of purchases made by just three Costco members amounted to nearly $18,000.
These Costco members shared their total purchases amount with the general manager on their way out, and also urged Costco to honor its own Supplier Code of Conduct and cancel their contracts with Palermo’s.
If you are a Costco member, we urge YOU do the same. And then drop us an email to let us know how it went:
Melissa, Milwaukee Public Schools educator and member of MTEA in Milwaukee, and her family have spent $6,446 through August 30, 2012.
Mike, a 40 year union member, and his family spent $2,818 in 2011 and $6,351 so far in 2012.
Gerry, a Steelworker union member and welder of heavy mining equipment, and his family spent $1,261 in 2011 and $968 so far in 2012.
Are you a Costco Wholesale member that supports the Palermo strike? How much did you spend at Costco in 2011 and 2012? Send us your total with your photo and we’ll post it here on our blog.