You know it’s the holiday season in the world of labor when the Grinch rolls around. Jobs with Justice (JwJ) kicks off its ninth Grinch of the Year contest with open nominations for a CEO, corporation or politician who is greedy and mean and with a heart that is at least “two sizes too small.”
Last year’s Grinch of the Year was Smithfield Foods Inc. Chairman Joseph Luter III. He took the title, says JwJ, because the company’s slaughterhouse—the largest pork killing floor in the world—is one of the most dangerous worksites in the United States, and workers are routinely injured, harassed, intimidated and threatened by Smithfield management.
In 2006, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. wore the Grinch crown after it forced 15,000 United Steelworkers (USW) members out on strike at 16 plants across North America, despite concessions given by retirees in 2003 to ensure that Goodyear remained in business.