Romney Speaks at Event With Miners Who Were "Encouraged" to Attend--Without Pay!

This story is totally absurd, out of Ohio: a mine owner "encouraged" workers to attend a Romney rally--without pay!

From the Cleveland Plain-Dealer:

The Pepper Pike company that owns the Century Mine told workers that attending the Aug. 14 Romney event would be both mandatory and unpaid, a top company official said Monday morning in a West Virginia radio interview.

A group of employees who feared they'd be fired if they didn't attend the campaign rally in Beallsville, Ohio, complained about it to WWVA radio station talk show host David Blomquist. Blomquist discussed their beefs on the air Monday with Murray Energy Chief Financial Officer Rob Moore.

Moore told Blomquist that managers "communicated to our workforce that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend." He said the company did not penalize no-shows.

Mandatory but no one was forced to attend? Huh?

As Laura Clawson points out at Daily Kos, no wonder Romney praised the workers' boss at the rally. The fellow had drummed up a captive audience for dear Mittens.


AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at August 28, 2012, 10:48am

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