Some Ohio coal miners are quite peeved that their company forced them to attend a recent Romney campaign event there, then docked them for the “mandatory” time they spent as blue-collar window dressing for the GOP presidential campaign.
And they’re calling into a West Virginia radio station to complain about it.
The Raw Story has more:
“Yes, we were in fact told that the Romney event was mandatory and would be without pay, that the hours spent there would need to be made up my non-salaried employees outside of regular working hours, with the only other option being to take a pay cut for the equivalent time,” the employees told Blomquist. “Yes, letters have gone around with lists of names of employees who have not attended or donated to political events.”
“I realize that many people in this area and elsewhere would love to have my job or my benefits,” one worker explained. “And our bosses do not hesitate in reminding us of this. However, I can not agree with these callers and my supervisors, who are saying that just because you have a good job, that you should have to work any day for free on almost no notice without your consent.”
“We do not appreciate being intimidated into exchanging our time for nothing. I heard one of your callers saying that Murray employees are well aware of what they are getting into upon hire, or that they are informed that a percentage of their income will go to political donations. I can not speak for that caller, but this is news for me. We merely find out how things work by experience.”
The mine’s boss, Murray Energy CFO Rob Moore, countered that, “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 . . . As a private employer, it was our decision and we made the decision not to pay the people.”
Maybe those guys need a union!