Each year, St. Louis and Kansas City Jobs with Justice member organizations nominate candidates for ”Scrooge of the Year.”
Organizations run spirited campaigns to educate the public about the forces harming working families. The greediest, cold-hearted CEO, politician, corporation or 1%er who truly exemplifies the Spirit of Ebenezer Scrooge wins!
JOHN NATIONS – 3,656 VOTES
Nations was nominated by Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 788.
While bargaining the most recent contract with bus and Metro drivers, Nations tried to take away the pension from all new employees hired by Metro. That would have left new workers with little or no retirement, and would have hurt current employees now working for the agency.
During contract negotiations, Metro management also attempted, on numerous occasions, to racially divide workers and divide the workers along job classifications between mechanics and operators during the negotiations.
One of the most egregious incidents occurred when a member of Metro’s negotiating committee distributed a recipe for “Oreo cookies” to members of Local 788 at the conclusion of a heated bargaining session.
The majority of Metro bus and train operators are African-American. Local 788 President and Business manager Mike Breihan is white.
ALYSON CAMPBELL – 3,185 VOTES
Alyson Campbell, director of the Missouri Department of Social Services’ Family Support Division was nominated by Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 6355 for her unmistakably Dickensian behavior.
From kicking 12,000 children from low income working families out of daycare, to blocking tens of thousands of people with disabilities and senior citizens from registering to vote, to taking food away from more hungry workers who can’t pay the grocery bill than nearly any other state social services administrator in the country, Campbell is an overachiever in Scrooge-like behavior.
TIM HEALY – 1,884 VOTES
Chipotle franchisee Tim Healy was nominated by Show Me $15, the coalition of fast food and other low-wage workers struggling for higher wages and the right to form a union without retaliation.
Healy is vehemently anti-workers’ rights, and Show Me $15 has been in a long-term struggle against his franchise.