Dozens of Palermo's workers have been on strike since June 1, saying they want to form a union. The striking workers say the company fired dozens of workers who wanted to unionize, but the company says they had to "separate the employees" from employment because the federal government had notified the company that those workers were immigrants who could not legally work in the country.
“The recent boycott attempt against Palermo’s is the latest tactic designed to harm a company that for nearly a half-century has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to its multi-cultural workforce, its customers, the community. Our business remains strong despite the efforts of those seeking to advance their agenda via the media,” said Chris Dresselhuys, director of marketing for Palermo's, in a statement.
“We will continue to have a fact-based discussion with our workers and provide accurate information to help those voting to make an informed decision and will continue to adhere to all NLRB procedures and guidelines as we move toward a vote when that day arrives.”
A Costco representative did not respond to a request for comment.
Sunday's event kicks off protest actions on a national scale at Palermo retailers in the coming weeks, according to a news release from Voces de la Frontera, an immigrants rights advocacy group.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has postponed indefinitely a vote scheduled for July 27 that would have decided whether Palermo Villa Inc. employees would form a union while it investigates accusations of unfair labor practices against the company.