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Outpost breaks ties with Palermos Pizza

Outpost Natural Foods announced today on its website that it will no longer carry any Palermo's Pizza products at all three of its Milwaukee locations. There's still a link to "vendors we love" for the local pizza makers on the Outpost site.

The Outpost joins grocers like Madison's Fresh Madison Market that have discontinued sales of the frozen pizza brand.

The Outpost decision comes after more than a year of steady pressure from members of the Palermo Workers Union and community allies.

"We commend Outpost Natural Foods for finally making the right decision to stop selling Palermo's Pizza products," said Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera. "Outpost has long-held policies that ensure their animal products are humanely raised and that Fair Trade practices govern the treatment of workers in the global south. So it's only reasonable that Outpost has a means of holding their vendors accountable for any exploitation of workers rights or safety regulations here in Milwaukee."

Among Outpost's new ethical standards for vendors is an expectation of compliance with all state and federal laws.

The "policy determination" regarding Palermo's Pizza references recent OSHA citations levied against Palermo Villa Inc. last month for safety violations that resulted in a serious amputation incident last May.

Palermo's recently paid fines of nearly $106,000 in back pay for violations of federal labor law. The company also was forced to rehire employees they illegally fired, as well as post a notice in the factory admitting to numerous violations of federal labor laws, this according to Voces de la Frontera, a worker rights group.


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AndrewJ | Oct. 21, 2013 at 9:56 a.m. (report)

Ahh... the politics of frozen pizza. How entertaining. Outpost is a private business... they can carry whatever products they desire. Trying to act like they're on some moral high ground however is a little self righteous. Get over yourselves. Personally I find their position laughable. Accidents happen at any company that makes anything. Should we dig into Outposts workers compensation claims and set up a picket line in honor of some attendant who twisted their ankle mopping the floors? Probably not.

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Photodavie | Oct. 20, 2013 at 8:59 a.m. (report)

I thinks it's pretty safe to say Matsfan, hereToday, & fetlarpo are not Outpost customers. Just leave the "statists and collectivists" alone and shop at PickNsave. Problem solved.

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mikeb | Oct. 19, 2013 at 7:36 a.m. (report)

I love this. The Outpost is getting all self-righteous on this desire the fact that they recently made news because they hiked wages up to $8.50 an hour or something. They also have Pam Mehnert in charge who was all for Milwaukee's sick leave bill until she actually sat down and figured out how much it would cost the Outpost and managed to get quoted in the paper saying that. Well at least the union workers at the Outpost are making $8.50

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fetlarpo | Oct. 18, 2013 at 5:27 p.m. (report)

Outpost is doing what most survivalists do. You do what is best for your business. Since most of their customers are statists and collectivists. They can say look at us were good to the leftist cause put your money here. Palermo's made a committment to the central city and this is the thanks they get. A silent mayor who hates private sector jobs and prefers food stamps for all, Barrett allows vulture like "Voices" attack vulnerable groups who merely want to provide jobs and Palermo's risk millions of dollars in bank loans and debt to provide for a city in need.

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littletinyfish | Oct. 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. (report)

It sounds like Outpost is on the right side of the law again (paying fines, rehiring workers, etc.), though perhaps reluctantly. But let's pretend Palermo's had a change of heart. After this suspension, what would it take for Outpost to re-accept Palermo's back into the fold?

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