AFGE National Convention Videos – Part II (U.S. Senators)

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2012 AFGE National Convention: U.S. Senator Harry Reid Addresses AFGE Members

2012 AFGE National Convention: Senator Richard Durbin Addresses AFGE Members

2012 AFGE National Convention: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Addresses AFGE Members

2012 AFGE National Convention: Senator Jon Tester Addresses AFGE Members

2012 AFGE National Convention: Senator Ben Cardin Addresses AFGE Members

AFGE Statement on The Heritage Foundation’s Recent Work Hours Study

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox today issued the following statement in response to The Heritage Foundation‘s report on public and private sector work hours.

“The Heritage Foundation has found yet another opportunity to manipulate data in order to pit the public against government workers. Its recent ‘report’ is utterly misleading in claiming that public sector employees work fewer hours than those in the private sector. The differences Heritage cite evaporate if one adjusts for firm size and length of service – the two most important factors determining hours of work and paid time off. Continue reading “AFGE Statement on The Heritage Foundation’s Recent Work Hours Study”

Boycott Action this Wednesday, September 12th!

We know that our boycott campaign is affecting business-as-usual at the Palermo Pizza, because consumers have the power to affect big business where it matters most – their bottom line.

YOU have the power to help us make an even bigger impact and push Palermo’s to the bargaining table! Do you have one hour a week to stand in solidarity with workers on strike against Palermo Pizza? Continue reading “”

Palermo’s Workers Speak Out Following Washington DC Meeting

Palermo’s Workers Speak Out Following Washington DC Meeting

Striking Palermo’s workers paused their daily picket line in front of Palermo’s, 3301 W. Canal St. in the Menomonee Valley for a brief press conference at 2:30 PM Friday. Workers offered immediate reaction to the outcome of a highly anticipated meeting between Palermo’s CEO Giacomo Fallucca and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in Washington D.C.

The AFL-CIO made it clear that they did not speak on behalf of the workers at Palermo Villa who are on strike for union recognition. The AFL-CIO communicated the Palermo employees most basic demand to the company: meet with the Palermo employees directly. At the meeting, Mr. Giacomo Falluca did not agree to meet with the striking workers.

Orlando Sosa, an employee of Palermo Villa for more than ten years and a member of the Organizing Committee of the Palermo Workers Union, expressed the sentiment of the workers when he said, “Palermo’s says they are a family company, but what kind of family refuses to talk with one another?”

Palermo workers have been on strike since June 1. They are demanding formal recognition of their union, the Palermo Workers Union, as well as immediate re-instatement of all striking workers who were fired. The workers are also calling for the company to follow the direction of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and cease any any re-verification or audit of workers documentation status. Continue reading “Palermo’s Workers Speak Out Following Washington DC Meeting”

Workers and Allies Boycott Action in Grafton, WI

Workers and Allies Boycott Action in Grafton, WI

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. Continue reading “Workers and Allies Boycott Action in Grafton, WI”

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