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    Default Miners Say They Were Forced To Attend Romney Campaign Event Without Pay: ‘We Knew Wha

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    When Mitt Romney campaigned at an Ohio coal mine earlier this month, he might not have realized that the miners were forced to be there — without pay — by the owner, Murray Energy.

    That’s according to accounts from multiple coal miners, who sent anonymous letters to a local radio station criticizing Murray Energy for allegedly requiring all workers to take the day off, forgo pay, and attend a Romney campaign event.

    “Just for the record, if we did not go, we knew what would happen,” wrote one miner.

    In an interview with a talk radio show host, Murray Energy CFO Rob Moore denied allegations that workers were “forced,” choosing instead to use the word “mandatory.”

    “Our managers communicated to our workforce that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend,” Moore said. He confirmed that pay was docked for all the workers.

    In another email read on air, a miner expressed frustration with being “forced” to attend the event, characterizing a culture of “intimidation” within Murray:

    “No one likes to be forced to do anything, let alone without pay. I recall hearing a caller claiming that his $100,000 plus Murray salary was grounds for crapping if Murray says crap, or eating broccoli if Murray says to eat it. I say to that man: Many of us, though well educated or hard workers ourselves, do not make half, a third, or sometimes even a quarter of that pay. Had the event not been mandated, most of us probably would have still attended. We are grateful to have the chance to listen to our leaders or potential leaders first hand and to be a part of political history in the making. We do not appreciate being intimidated into exchanging our time for nothing.”
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    Hmm...I wonder if that was a Union shop? Something like this probably wouldn't have happened if it was.

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    That's a douchey move. Participation in political events should not be mandatory--that's the exact kind of crap that unions have been doing for decades. At the very least they should be paid since it was a company event.

    That being said, if Obama wins, they may have lots of mandatory days off without pay because they will be unemployed.

    Still a douchey move, though.
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    This seems to me flat out unconstitutional......Murray Energy should be forced to pay those guys.....
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    If I was one of those miners....I'd be out of a job right now. Making it mandatory to attend a political function is just plain wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainVonDoom View Post
    Lies lies lies. Distractions distractions distractions.
    CVD, it's not like this is Romney's fault or anything. It's the company who employed the miners. I don't think anyone has to rush to the company's defense on this one for political strategy.

    Unless you have a reason to say these are lies, I think we should take it as is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkstar View Post
    This seems to me flat out unconstitutional......Murray Energy should be forced to pay those guys.....
    Do not confuse constitutional with company mandate

    If the company made it mandatory, so be it

    The dicky thing was that the miners were not paid, so the company blows

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