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.
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.