The votes are in for worst bosses of the year! Our readers have chosen Premier of Alberta Jason Kenney and CEO of FCL Scott Banda as our 2019 Scumbags of the Year!
Big thanks to all our readers for nominating, voting, and sharing with their co-workers and friends. This year we had a record 2,500 votes in five days! A special shout out to all the fighters out there who mobilized their co-workers to vote. Employees of CarePartners and their supporters pulled an incredible 800 votes for the CEO Linda Knight. Pissed off people who love Athabasca U poured out their anger to get their President Neil Fassina nominated and pull a respectable vote. Let’s hope both Knight and Fassina get their comeuppance in 2020 thanks to worker action. Shout out to Unifor 594 for Steelworkers 1-1937 members who voted while on the picket lines, and as always shout out to postal workers for shining a light on the scum at Canada Post.
Jason Kenney‘s award is more than well-deserved now that his cuts to public services, healthcare, education and the social safety net is leading to thousands of job losses and hurtling the province back into recession. All of this comes on the heels of a $4.7 billion tax handout to oil corporations, many of whom have continued with mass layoffs and even shut down operations or pulled up stakes. Great work, Kenney. Whether he’s punishing seniors by cutting the drug plan, gutting Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped, or slashing the youth minimum wage by $2/hour, Kenney still finds time to launch public witch hunts against anyone who exercises their rights of free speech and assembly and criticize Big Oil’s profit-driven fuelling of climate change. But thousands of Albertans are getting organized and holding public demonstrations. Layers of excellent shopfloor and community organizers are agitating and educating and preparing for bigger confrontations. Scumbags like Kenney can only be stopped through large-scale collective action. Alberta’s workers have an opportunity to damage and halt the right-wing advance. Such a victory would send shockwaves across the country.
Scott Banda‘s tenure as CEO of Federated Cooperatives Ltd. represents the leading edge of the co-operative movement’s corporatization. Banda isn’t alone. There are plenty of anti-union, anti-cooperative minions in the local co-operatives and at the Cooperative Refinery where the lockout of Unifor 594 is the latest big battle. In the past year alone, local Coop workers in Moose Jaw and Saskatoon have been engaged in difficult, brutal battles against concessions and two-tier contracts. Many union and workers have been caught off-guard by the aggressive corporate-style assault on workers and their union contracts. But Unifor 594 members have prepared themselves for the inevitable and have now been locked out at the Regina Coop Refinery. Saskatchewan’s working majority, and the wider labour and co-operative movement in Canada stands at a potential crossroads. The Coop Boycott is underway but will need increasing levels of organization and involvement to sustain itself and make Coop feel the economic pinch. Coop members have a role to play, as they bravely did in the Saskatoon fight, and the wider labour movement has to step up solidarity actions with hot oil edicts. This will require provincial labour federations and the CLC to advance such edicts on basic principles and ignore the fact that Unifor’s leadership unilaterally pulled the union out of the House of Labour. If anyone needs any inspiration, just look at the powerful Unifor 594 membership and their stand against Banda’s corporatization agenda.
Left to right:
2013: Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
2014: Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia
2015: Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post
2016: Mark Lever, President and CEO of Halifax Herald Ltd.
2017: Galen Weston Jr., Second richest Canadian, President and CEO of Loblaws
2018 (public sector): Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
2018 (private sector): Ron Joyce and Jeri-Lyn Horton-Joyce, heirs to the Tim Hortons fortune and Tim Hortons franchise owners