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MUSG to host Palermo’s student forum

MILWAUKEE (April 11, 2013) – On Wednesday, April 17, Marquette University Student Government is hosting a forum open to all Marquette students with representatives from Palermo’s pizza. The forum will be held at 7 p.m. in AMU Ballroom E.

 Throughout the 2012-13 academic year, the Marquette Tribune has published several articles about events surrounding Palermo’s Pizza. In early June 2012, employees of Palermo's filed a complaint alleging that the company dismissed a massive amount of employees in retaliation for the workers' effort to organize a union at the organization's primary manufacturing facility in Milwaukee.

The most recent Tribune article gave details of a student protest that happened outside the Bradley Center before a basketball game on Saturday, March 2. About 30 Marquette students, former Palermo’s employees and the employees’ friends and family stood outside the arena to protest the company’s alleged unfair labor practices. Youth Empowered in the Struggle, a Marquette student organization, organized the protest. 

In addition to the protest, YES began campaigning within the student body, looking for students willing to sign a petition supporting the Palermo’s workers that were striking because of the company’s questionable labor practices. After six days of campaign, more than 500 Marquette students had signed the petition.

 In response to student concerns, MUSG communicated with Palermo’s and Marquette administration to organize the upcoming forum. This is an opportunity for concerned members of the Marquette community to voice their opinions and ask questions of both Palermo’s and Marquette.

 All concerned students are encouraged to attend the forum on April 17 at 7 p.m.

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