The “Holiday Party with an Attitude!”

Dec 10, 2012 by

This Thursday, scores of union members, activists, progressives and people who just like to party will gather at IBEW Local 1 to participate in Jobs with Justice’s Annual “Scrooge of the Year” Party.

Voting (it’s a fundraiser – one dollar per vote) takes place as sponsoring organizations make their case (some do it with a song, others with skits, others still with employee testimony) for why their “candidate” should get your vote for “Scrooge of the Year.”  To get a feel for what goes on at a Scrooge party, think of the worse boss you’ve ever had.  Then add a dash of corporate greed, mix in some political cronyism and you’ve got a recipe for what Jobs with Justice calls “The Holiday Party with an Attitude.”

Some winners in the past have received their award in an ambush-style presentation worthy of 60 Minutes (it really just depends on what the winning organization wants to do). Here for your perusal is a list of some past winners (make sure you check out 2003).

  • 2000 – Then-Mayor Clarence Harmon for his efforts to kill Living Wage, Nominating organization was the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
  • 2001 – Contract Cleaners Association for fighting efforts by area janitors to earn a living wage with decent health care benefits for their families, Nominating organization, Service Employees  International Union Local 50
  • 2002 – Wal Mart for more reasons than we can list, but chief among them are driving down working conditions in the retail sector, robbing communities of their tax base through abuse of Tax Increment Financing (TIF), buying products made with sweatshop labor, and more….  Nominating organizations were UFCW Locals 88 and 655 and the National Organization for Women
  • 2003 – Post Dispatch Publisher Terry Egger for stonewalling negotiations with the St. Louis Newspaper Guild.  Nominating organization was the St. Louis Newspaper Guild
  • 2004 – Governor Matt Blunt for running on an anti-worker agenda that promised devastation for Missouri’s working families.  Nominating organizations were AFSCME District Council 72 and CWA Missouri State Workers Union
  • 2005 – Lohr Distributing for breaking the backs, and the union, of its beer delivery drivers.  Nominating organization was Teamsters Local 600
  • 2006 – Valley Park Board of Aldermen for creating new ordinances that would punish any citizen from selling or renting property to undocumented immigrants. Nominating Organization was the Immigration Rights Action Task Force
  • 2007 – Illinois Distributing Company – for taking measures to gut the union contract which had been in place for over 40 years.  Measures included:  eliminating a guaranteed 40 hour work week, a 40-60% reduction in retirement benefits, and cutting health benefits just to name a few   Nominating Organization was Teamsters Local 50.

This year’s Scrooge candidates come from a variety of areas and online voting has already begun.  But why vote online when you can show up and join in the fun?  You’ll know lots of people – our local’s executive committee has purchased a table and will be out in full force.  Come on out and join us!

(He doesn’t know it yet but) David Carson is buying!

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Happy birthday, Heywood Broun!

Dec 7, 2012 by

Today, in 1888, Heywood Broun was born. Broun was an incredibly interesting person; WWI foreign correspondent, rabble-rousing reporter and columnist who wrote about racism and social injustice and a member of the Algonquin Round Table. In 1930 Broun ran for Congress (unsuccessfully) on the Socialist ticket (he was later expelled for speaking at a Communist rally). His wife, Ruth Hale, was America’s first widely-read female critic who made headlines for her refusal to adopt her husband’s last name, and served as first president of the feminist Lucy Stone League, of which Broun was also a member.

In 1933 Heywood Broun wrote about forming a union for newspaper reporters.  That now-famous column, declared loudly and proudly Broun’s intent and simultaneously launched the Newspaper Guild in dozens of cities across the United States.  Once the organization was up and running, Broun served as our union’s first president. He died in December of 1939.

 

 

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Nominations for 21st Annual Terry Hughes Award

Dec 6, 2012 by

Terry Hughes was 36 when she died of breast cancer on July 22, 1991.  A columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, her writing was clear, witty and descriptive, with a flair for portraying society’s underdogs.  Some of her columns chronicled the bouts with cancer that she and others faced.  One column was credited with helping persuade the Missouri Legislature to approve a bill forcing insurers to pay for mammograms.

 

One of the many readers who wrote to the newspaper after her death described her work this way: “Her columns were full of real life stories that touched us all and even changed our way of thinking or even our lives.”

 

The United Media Guild has established a writing award in the name of Ms. Hughes.  The award is intended to honor a journalist whose writing shows the talent that she displayed.

 

Any journalist in the metropolitan St. Louis area who has written for a daily or weekly newspaper or for a magazine is eligible.  Online publications are eligible as well.

 

Single articles of extraordinary merit will be considered.  Preference will be given to entries of between three and ten articles that display the writer’s range of talent.

 

Articles must have been published in 2012.  There are no formal applications.  Anyone may submit a nomination by sending copies of articles to:

 

The Terry Hughes Award Committee

United Media Guild

1015 Locust St.

Suite 735

St. Louis, Mo.  63101

 

The deadline for applications is Monday, January 7, 2013.  The award will be presented at the United Media Guild’s Annual Dinner in late January.

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A big WIN for activism

Dec 4, 2012 by

Here is a look back on what our Workers Interfaith Network unit accomplished in Memphis in 2012.

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