US Chamber of Commerce | Photo via SEIU/William Melton on Flickr

US Chamber of Commerce | Photo via SEIU/William Melton on Flickr

This shouldn’t surprise anyone, but the US Chamber of Commerce has been voted the 2009 Scrooge of the Year.  From Jobs with Justice:

The Chamber’s narrow, radical agenda advocating for anti-worker, profit-focused solutions to the broken health care, labor, and environmental systems garnered them the most votes for the national Jobs with Justice “Scrooge of the Year” award.

“There was plenty of competition for the award this year,” said Jobs with Justice Executive Director Sarita Gupta. “But the similarities between Scrooge and the Chamber of Commerce were hard to beat. The ghost of years past would show that the policies they’ve promoted including deregulation and maximizing profits at the expense of workers are directly connected to the destruction of America’s middle class.”

It was a tough fight for this year’s award.  The US Chamber was up against Bank of America, Hyatt Hotels, Publix Supermarkets, Sallie Mae and Citibank, and United Airlines:

This year’s Scrooge contest pitted the Chamber of Commerce against Bank of America, nominated for their role in the sub-prime lending crisis and failure to extend credit to small businesses, Hyatt Hotels for their Scrooge-like firing of 100 housekeepers in Boston and other anti-worker actions, Publix Supermarkets for their resisting the call to be part of the solution to human rights violations in Florida fields by continuing to buy tomatoes from growers prosecuted for modern-day slavery, and student loan lenders Sallie Mae and Citibank for their expensive, variable rate loans for students.  An impressive write-in campaign was also waged for United Airlines, for their slashing of workers’ wages and pensions while continuing to award lavish bonuses to top executives.

Congratulations, US Chamber.  This is a well-deserved award.