Here’s a audio of the radio interview on WWVA, news radio 1170, between host David Blomquist and Rob Moore, chief financial officer of Murray Energy Corp. Recall, Murray Energy told its Ohio miners it was “mandatory” for them to show up at an Aug. 14 Romney campaign event, and that they would not be paid for that day because the mine was shut down. The company’s owner, Robert Murray, is a big-time Romney supporter.
Listen for yourself (it’s 20 minutes long, but fascinating) and judge for yourself whether the company coerces its workers to donate to the owner’s pet political causes, and screws them out of pay because of politics.
A few of thoughts about this:
- The mine certainly has the right to shut down so its management can go to a campaign rally.
- The mine operators have no duty to pay the miners when the mine is shut down. But it’s a rotten tactic, especially when the shut down is for political reasons.
- The company was WAY WAY WAY out of line notifying employees that attendance at the rally was mandatory and on their own time.
- Robert Murray, who owns this coal company, and whose CFO refers to him with reverential tones that usually are reserved for deities, DESERVES to have his company unionized.
Robert Murray needs to be taught a lesson that he can’t pull this kind of crap. Many of the workers who went to the rally went, ON THEIR OWN TIME because:
a) The company by its own admission told them attendance was mandatory;
b) The company was taking names on who showed up and who didn’t;
b) The employees felt it would be fired if they didn’t show; and
c) Employees have been pressured in the past to contribute to the company’s PAC, and to contribute money to the Romney campaign.
Such tactics are anti-freedom, folks. And with a union those miners wouldn’t have to put up with that kind of garbage.
When you hear CFO Rob Moore say “We had managers that communicated to our work force that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend the event,” it’s obvious what he was trying to say.
Moore was saying: “We told them they had to be there, but it’s not like we handcuffed them and dragged them there kicking and screaming. We didn’t force them at gunpoint.”
And then he patted himself on the back for being so frickn’ open minded in that way. Listen to the tape yourself and tell me if there is any other interpretation.
It’s obscene, in 2012, here in America. But it’s not that surprising. It’s an extreme example of a trend that’s increasingly reflected in modern day management-labor relations.
And btw: The last time Robert Murray made national news, it was in 2009, after a collapse at the Crandall Canyon Mine in Utah, which he also owns. That killed six miners and three rescue workers. After that event, it was learned that government inspectors had issued 325 citations against the mine in the previous five years. Murray has donated $900,000 to GOP causes in the past two years.