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  • Far Left Marquette Students Protest Milwaukee Pizza Factory

    3/5/2013 10:14:33 AM Posted by Adam Tragone

     by Ethan Hollenberger

    Palermo's LogoSince June of last year, Wisconsin liberals have been urging a boycott of Palermo's Pizza Villa, Inc. in Milwaukee. The Left has been organizing and mobilizing around a scandal proven false by the National Labor Relations Board.

    Nearly 100 workers went on strike on June 1, 2012, when the company refused to recognize an effort by workers to form a union. At the same time, Palermo's Pizza was going through an audit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On June 8, 75 workers were fired for failure to submit necessary paperwork that would grant them a legal work permit.

    The efforts have been led by the far-left group Voces de La Frontera, a key supporter of Governor Scott Walker's recall election. Voces submitted a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board immediately following the workers' firings. In November, the NLRB ruled in Palermo's favor stating that the company acted lawfully when firing the undocumented workers.

    Very active in grassroots organizing, Voces has 14 student groups around the Milwaukee area, including Youth Empowered in the Struggle, a group which is recognized by Marquette University as a student organization.

    Palermo's Pizza is the exclusive pizza of Marquette University and the BMO Harris Bradley Center, where the Marquette men's basketball team plays. YES protested at the recent men's home game vs. the University of Notre Dame on Saturday March 2.




    According to a Facebook event to remind supporters, the rally was organized by the Marquette University Coalition for Worker Rights. YES announced the event Friday on Facebook. A Marquette administrator said that the event was not registered with the Office of Student Development and moreover, the MU Coalition for Worker Rights is not recognized by the university. University regulations do not allow any club to use Marquette or MU as the first word of their name. These liberal students may have intentionally skirted University rules. If a club wants to host any event on or off campus, they must pre-register and get approval from OSD

    The club wrote in a February 14 op-ed to the Marquette Tribune: "In order to pressure Palermo's into honoring the strikers' reasonable demands and to rehire the workers that they illegally fired, Youth Empowered in the Struggle is supporting the national effort to boycott Palermo's products."

    Palermo's Pizza provides thousands of dollars in their contract with the university. Furthermore, the family-owned company is active in philanthropic efforts, including a focus on fighting hunger and helping children in need in Haiti. Palermo's also offers non-profit groups a fundraising program.

    The liberal students are looking to destroy a business that has spent supporting the local community, not to mention the students at Marquette University. Palermo's was vindicated by the NLRB in November, and as of now, Marquette is sticking with Palermo's.

     Ethan Hollenberger, age 22, is a conservative activist from Wisconsin. While in college, he was a founding member of the campus' Young American's for Freedom chapter.  He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter: @EHollenberger.

    • Readers' Comments

    • Ethan, why are you persecuting these minorities? This is just further proof that you can't trust the white man. Viva la revolution, bro. Hugs for you still 😘
      Posted by Sam Draver on 03/05/2013
    • Law-abiding, tax-paying pizza restaurant is being criticized for obeying the federal laws? How stupid is that? The people without papers should spend their energy on getting legal papers or go home, wherever that is. How is the criminality of the protestors the fault of a pizza restaurant? It is beyond ridiculous! Get real.
      Posted by George on 03/05/2013
    • Ethan, You and the rest of the Marquette student body may be interested in the comments I just posted to the Tribune's story. The comments attributed to a "company spokesperson" were fabricated. How do I know this? Because I am the company spokesperson and neither Catelyn Roth-Johnson or anyone else from the Marquette Tribune staff ever contact me for this story. I have also recounted numerous other factual erros and omissions to the story. I have called the editor-in-chief of the newspaper who at the time of this writting has not returned my calls. Chris Dresselhuys Director of Marketing Palermo's Pizza
      Posted by Chris D. on 03/05/2013
    • Yo, howyoudoing, paisano? Nice job! Dr. J
      Posted by Jake Jacobs on 03/05/2013
    • whats with the ridiculous music in the video? lol Josh everyone knows I'm the better chairman
      Posted by Pat garrett on 03/05/2013
    • Why did you delete my comment? Digorno is still better...
      Posted by Josh D. on 03/06/2013
    • Aww cheer up Ethan. Can't handle a little harmless fun in the comments of a poorly written article?
      Posted by Josh D. on 03/06/2013
    • Who keeps commenting as me? Identity theft is real
      Posted by Lukas Baker on 03/06/2013
    • I don't know what your deal is, Ethan. These comments are hilarious. Let people have some fun. Lighten up. But seriously...I had a Palermo's pizza for dinner. It was delicious. Screw the stupid illegal Mexicans.
      Posted by Alec P. on 03/06/2013
    • No one is posting as you, Baker. We have this handled. Go back to watching American Idol.
      Posted by Josh D. on 03/06/2013
    • GUUUUYS. Leah Vukmir would watch American Idol.
      Posted by Lukey B. on 03/07/2013
    • Stfu baker. Leah loves me not you or ethan
      Posted by Pat Garrett on 03/11/2013
    • A) I had Great Lake Swimmers under bands I didn't like even though it turns out I've never heard them. I dig.B) Stop hanvig fun without me.C) Stop eating ice cream outside of the Franklin Fountain. Also, there's a gelato place near my new house that I think you'll dig.
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