This is what the world will look like under Romney and the GOP. Coal miners in Ohio were forced to attend a Romney event without pay. Yes…forced to attend and not paid. The CFO tried to use semantics to justify what happened:
“Our managers communicated to our workforce that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend.”
So their justification is that it was mandatory, meaning they could lose their jobs if they didn’t attend, but they weren’t forced at gunpoint…oh, that makes it okay!. According to a worker from the mine:
“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 [by] 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.”
Even the employees who couldn’t attend didn’t work that day because the managers all attended. So no one got paid that day. Notice how the miners who didn’t work and didn’t get paid are covered in dust from the mine? I don’t know why this should surprise anyone. It’s long been known that the GOP exists to increase money and power for big businesses at the expense of the common worker. But for some reason the common workers keep lining up behind this party. There is absolutely no rational explanation for this. But I promise you people will be out there defending the actions of this company.
If I were Romney (which couldn’t happen because I have ethics), I would condemn this company’s actions and demand that they pay every employee for the day. But the chances of that are about as likely as Romney releasing his tax returns. The next step is to compel us to vote for the candidate that they choose. If you think that’s not a possibility, what would you have said about a company forcing employees to campaign for a candidate before?