Nov 26, 2007

Help choose the Grinch of the Year

When Thurl Ravenscroft sang the lyrics “You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch” in 1966 he may have had Joseph Luter III, the President of Smithfield Packing, in mind.

The Christmas season is a time for giving, but for some people and corporations it’s just another day in a year of profit at all cost. That has inspired national Jobs with Justice (JWJ) to again launch its annual 'Grinch of the Year' elections to determine the most deserving greedy Grinch in their hometowns. This is JWJ’s seventh annual online Grinch of the Year election to determine the national figure that does the most harm to working families.

They are asking people from all over the country to submit a nomination for the national Grinch of the Year by Friday with a few sentences on why you think the nominee is deserving of such an honor. Based on the nominations, JWJ will chose the top two or three and conduct online voting to chose the winner.

Last year’s nominees were Luter, CEO of largest pork slaughterhouse in the world in southeastern North Carolina, and the eventual winner, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The company earned the honor by forcing 15,000 United Steelworkers members out on strike at 16 plants across North America in October 2006. Despite concessions given by USW members and retirees in 2003 to insure that Goodyear remained in business, Goodyear is now insisting on additional plant closings and even deeper concession in this round of bargaining.

Past nominees for the honor include Wal-Mart, President George W. Bush, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Cintas, Comcast, Verizon Wireless, Angelica and Continental General Tire.

JOW was founded in 1987 to help improve the standard of living for working families, fight for job security and protect working American’s right to organize.

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