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.
Winners: The Oscar winners and nominees and all the people who make the movies happen, including: actors and dancers (SAG-AFTRA), film and productions crews (Theatrical Stage Employees [IATSE]), Directors Guild, Writers Guild of America, West, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), Electrical Workers (IBEW), Teamsters, etc.
Runner-Up: Dunkin' Donuts workers in New York who are among the first fast-food workers to be unionized in the entire city.
Loser: House Republicans for proposing a tax plan that gives corporations more tax incentives to outsource jobs overseas, lowers top tax rates for corporations and the rich, doesn't demand any additional sacrifice from corporations and the rich to help rebuild our economy and increases the deficit over the long term.
Runner-Up: Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who could've ended the Senate stalemate on extended unemployment insurance payments, but chose not to when he said that when Democrats met his demands for passage, they were involved in nothing more than "political gimmicks."