It’s been quite a year for workers. From Wisconsin to Washington, D.C., on the football field and the factory floor, we’ve seen unprecedented attacks on workers’ rights from Big Business and corporate-backed politicians. But we’ve also seen the resurgence of a movement to ensure fairness for all Americans and the beginnings of a great political awakening for the 99 percent.
We wanted to take time to reflect on the events of 2011, so we came up with this list of the top five best and worst moments for workers this year.
- 1. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker strips public employees of their collective bargaining rights
- 2. SB 5 passes in Ohio
- 3. Income inequality soars to new heights
- 4. Right-wing attacks on the NLRB endanger workers’ rights
- 5. Amazon workers face sweatshop conditions
- 1. The 99 percent fights back
- 2. Ohio voters repeal SB 5
- 3. NLRB rules help protect workers’ rights
- 4. IKEA workers gain a voice on the job
- 5. NFL lockout ends
Let us know in the comments what you think were the highlights—good and bad—for workers this year!