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Scrooge of the Year: Jobs with Justice group to roast local bosses (video)

Tucson’s Jobs with Justice (JwJ) group will host its annual Scrooge of the Year event on Saturday, December 11. Each year JwJ asks Arizona workers to nominate bad…errr… less than perfect… bosses for the distinction of Scrooge of the Year.

Individual employees or employee groups are free to nominate bosses for the honor of being label a Scrooge. The short nomination speeches– when employees pitch their boss’ “qualifications” for Scrooge of the Year– proved to entertaining and sometimes a bit sad last year. After the presentations, the audience votes for the most deserving Scrooge among the field of bosses.

Arizona Senator Jon Kyl (Source: Project Vote Smart)

Personally, I think Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, who won the 2009 Scrooge of the Year Award, should win again this year. Let’s look at Jon’s performance in 2010: voted against extending unemployment benefits; voted against financial reform and health care reform; lobbied for exclusion of many women’s health benefits in the healthcare reform legislation; continues to fight for tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, while stalling the New START Treaty. (Need I go on? After all, this is just a short list off the top of my head.)

In addition to the entertainment value of watching employees openly crack on their bosses, the evening includes dinner, refreshments, and music for a $10 donation to JwJ. The event will begin at 6 p.m. on December 11 and will be held in the Goddard Hall at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd Street. Jobs with Justice coalitions around the country work for justice on the job and in communities. It was founded in 1987 with “the vision of lifting up workers’ rights struggles as part of a larger campaign for economic and social justice.” For more information about the local group, check this link.

[tnivideo caption=”Jon Kyl: “I don’t need maternity care.” credit=”C-SPAN-3″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFCkSu96y_0[/tnivideo]


10 comments on “Scrooge of the Year: Jobs with Justice group to roast local bosses (video)

  1. Jim Hannley
    December 6, 2010

    Thanks for posting, Pam. Among the many times I helped to deliver the award, the best was to Cochise County Ed Reinheimer. We were accompanied by reporters from Univision. Derechos Humanos nominated him for failure to indict a local rancher who had held people he suspected of being undocumented immigrants under gunpoint. They were local people, including minors who were in the desert hunting. When we told the receptionist we were from Tucson, there to present him with a community award, he came to the desk all smiles. Little did he know what was to come.


    • Jim Hannley
      December 6, 2010

      That should read “Cochise County Attorney”


  2. leftfield
    December 6, 2010

     “the vision of lifting up workers’ rights struggles as part of a larger campaign for economic and social justice.”

    A laudable vision, one that I am skeptical can ever be acheived within the context of the current system of relations.  Nonetheless, I am hard-pressed to think of a better place to spend $10 or a better way to spend an evening. 



  3. Trek
    December 6, 2010

    Nice article.  I would prefer John M. be lumped with Jon K. Both of them are “Bad” bosses. They are do nothing, say “Hell No” guys with a very narrow agenda that benefits only a chosen few.


  4. Carolyn Classen
    December 6, 2010

    Any link to who were their past “Scrooges”?  I’m curious. Thanks for this article Pam.


    • Pamela Powers
      December 6, 2010

      Yes, a list of past winners would be interesting; unfortunately, the link to the local website didn’t work when I tried it. The Scrooge Award is a national Jobs with Justice effort.


  5. Jim Hannley
    December 6, 2010

    Regarding the list of past winners: One of them was Metric Roofing. They had been blocking attempts at their workers to organize; we had a major wholesale food distributor, Sysco Foods in Phoenix who was not bargaining in good faith with the Teamsters to organize their truck drivers (Teamsters won that with our help); the CEO of Raytheon Missile Systems following the successful strike led by the IAM in the winter of 2005 or 6, I believe. We had Jon Kyl last year, as Pam mentioned. I’ll have to get Steve Valencia to weigh in here to get the rest of them.


    • Carolyn Classen
      December 6, 2010

      Thanks Jim, I like to learn about past winners of such dubious honors.


  6. robbie
    December 7, 2010

    What a bunch of liberal jerks!  Now I know what I don’t need to read unless I want to barf on my key board.  Reward of  “NO NOTHING of  THE YEAR” should go to the author of this ridiculous commentary


    • Jim Hannley
      December 9, 2010

      You object? Why? Are you self employed? Do you work for a beneficent employer? Do you feel that all politicians have the best interest of the masses at heart? Maybe you think there are no scurrilous employers? There were in Charles Dickens day, apparently, witness “A Christmas Carol”. Was that pure fiction? Has society moved past that point to where we have enlightened employers? Pray tell, my friend.


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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela Powers Hannley

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals--not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election. My platform focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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