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Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy: National Day Laborer Organizing Network's Facebook page

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

Winner of the Week: National Day Laborer Organizing Network and United Methodist Church Protesters

More than 30 rally participants from the two groups were arrested Monday at the White House while protesting the deportation of undocumented immigrants and the breaking up of families. Standing up on behalf of ALL working families is always an admirable action.

Runner-Up: Sara Ziff

The model and activist just celebrated two years since she launched the Model Alliance to fight against a host of abuses against models and garment workers. She particularly focuses on child labor and the exploitation of underage models in the industry and championed a bill that passed in New York last year that gave underage models the same legal protections as other underage performers in the state.

Loser of the Week: Members of the Kappa Beta Phi Secret Society of Wall Street Investors

A new book from Kevin Roose released this week took an insider look at the secret society of Wall Street investors and found that they are even more out of touch with working families than we already imagined.

Runner-Up: The Center for Worker Freedom, Bill Haslam and Bob Corker

The anti-union extremists spent a lot of money and used fear-mongering to barely defeat the unionization of Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn. The UAW hasn't given up the fight and Volkswagen has shown openness to both the union and the establishment of a works council at the factory.

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