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Go for the Grinch

Mitch McConnell wants more than your
jingtingler. He’s after your union card.

Bah, humbug. Forget the cute socks hanging by the fireplace and the stomach-churning eggnog. ‘Tis the season to go after the Grinch.

This year, there are many options.

First up: “The Mitch Who Stole Christmas.” The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC) is running a great action featuring one of this year’s worst anti-worker lawmakers, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Most recently, McConnell killed an emergency loan to keep afloat the nation’s automakers, along with 3 million to 5 million U.S. jobs. Jane, Emptywheel and others have amply documented his role in quashing the bailout, a blatant attack on unions and the middle class.

CNA/NNOC Co-President Geri Jenkins, RN, says McConnell may have been after UAW members and their union this time,

but tomorrow it will be other working people’s wages and benefits.

The campaign (click here) invites people to send a message to McConnell and sign up for public protests and other actions to protect America’s working families.

Next, there’s the annual Jobs for Justice Grinch of the Year contest. Anti-worker nominees predominate. Among them: notorious PR sleaze lobbyist Richard Berman, a hired gun for the alcohol, tobacco and fast-food industries. Jane gives some of his ugly details here. Berman has mounted campaigns to gut drunken driving laws, downplay the public health impact of obesity and indoor tanning and prevent an increase in the minimum wage.

But he’s reserved his greatest venom for attacks on unions and working people. He is spending millions in corporate cash on a deceptive and outright false ad campaign to defeat the Employee Free Choice Act. Berman has multiple front groups that channel corporate cash and millions of dollars from the likes of the Chamber of Commerce, the National Restaurant Association and the National Association of Manufacturers.

The other nominee for the Grinch award is "Wall Street executives." No need for further description of why they belong on the Grinch list.

You can cast your vote for these deserving nominees here.

The only items the Grinch stole from the good folks of Whoville were some jingtinglers, trumtookas and gardookas, along with their roast beast. But this year’s Grinch nominees who tried to steal Christmas from workers are after a lot more serious loot—like health care, wages and their union cards.

Each of these Grinch nominees deserves a lot worse than recognition, of course, because each all will remain, in the immortal words of Dr. Seuss: a three-decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich, with arsenic sauce.

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