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(Cleveland Plain Dealer)   Romney to coal miners, "You've got a great boss." Attendance at Romney event was mandatory and they lost a day's pay   (cleveland.com) divider line 256
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2012-08-28 11:56:23 AM  
SURPRISE! Mitt Romney's a douchebag!
 
2012-08-28 12:01:07 PM  
Mandatory political involvement of employees? How could that possibly be legal?
 
2012-08-28 12:02:20 PM  
Nothing should ever be mandatory and unpaid.
 
2012-08-28 12:03:03 PM  
At least they got to spend the day with their families, but yeah, that's a huge line of people who will be voting for Obama come November.
 
2012-08-28 12:04:15 PM  
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."

"Rob Moore made it abundantly clear that no employees were forced to attend the Romney event. All participation was, and always has been, completely voluntary."


Mother of fark, no wonder this guy likes Romney.
 
2012-08-28 12:04:34 PM  
You load sixteen tons, and what do you get
A speech from a dickhead and you're deeper in debt
St. Mittens, don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the health insurance company my boss won't pay for
 
2012-08-28 12:04:43 PM  
And yet they'll still vote for him because of the "War on Coal."
 
2012-08-28 12:05:27 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: At least they got to spend the day with their families, but yeah, that's a huge line of people who will be voting for Obama come November.


Hehe.. Are you joking when you say that? It's not as if the U.S. doesn't have plenty of people who vote against their self-interests. Like the Tea Partier on Medicare or disability.
 
2012-08-28 12:08:14 PM  

Cythraul: The My Little Pony Killer: At least they got to spend the day with their families, but yeah, that's a huge line of people who will be voting for Obama come November.

Hehe.. Are you joking when you say that? It's not as if the U.S. doesn't have plenty of people who vote against their self-interests. Like the Tea Partier on Medicare or disability.


Are Tea Partiers on Medicare or disability being forced to attend rallies, or do they show up on their own?
 
2012-08-28 12:10:52 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: Cythraul: The My Little Pony Killer: At least they got to spend the day with their families, but yeah, that's a huge line of people who will be voting for Obama come November.

Hehe.. Are you joking when you say that? It's not as if the U.S. doesn't have plenty of people who vote against their self-interests. Like the Tea Partier on Medicare or disability.

Are Tea Partiers on Medicare or disability being forced to attend rallies, or do they show up on their own?


Just because they are forced to attend a Romney rally doesn't mean they will direct that anger towards Romney in the voting booth. They may see their boss as more to blame. And even if they dislike both, they may still vote Republican because they believe their careers are at stake since Obama is supposedly 'anti coal.'
 
2012-08-28 12:12:23 PM  

Cythraul: The My Little Pony Killer: Cythraul: The My Little Pony Killer: At least they got to spend the day with their families, but yeah, that's a huge line of people who will be voting for Obama come November.

Hehe.. Are you joking when you say that? It's not as if the U.S. doesn't have plenty of people who vote against their self-interests. Like the Tea Partier on Medicare or disability.

Are Tea Partiers on Medicare or disability being forced to attend rallies, or do they show up on their own?

Just because they are forced to attend a Romney rally doesn't mean they will direct that anger towards Romney in the voting booth. They may see their boss as more to blame. And even if they dislike both, they may still vote Republican because they believe their careers are at stake since Obama is supposedly 'anti coal.'


Then they really are a bunch of idiots seeing as how people in my state have been fighting plans to have coal trains running through our towns.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-08-28 12:14:44 PM  

Cythraul: The My Little Pony Killer: At least they got to spend the day with their families, but yeah, that's a huge line of people who will be voting for Obama come November.

Hehe.. Are you joking when you say that? It's not as if the U.S. doesn't have plenty of people who vote against their self-interests. Like the Tea Partier on Medicare or disability.


That's true, but in this case, I can see someone who's job depends on the dirtiest form of power there is not wanting power plants to switch to gas or wind.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-08-28 12:18:42 PM  
This just shows how few rights people who work for a living have in this country. It doesn't really matter if it is illegal to fire someone for not attending. It would be easy to just wait until they are 2 minutes late and fire them for that. Or just make up a reason.
 
2012-08-28 12:19:19 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer:
Then they really are a bunch of idiots seeing as how people in my state have been fighting plans to have coal trains running through our towns.


Not necessarily idiots. They are constantly being told that Obama/Lisa Jackson/EPA are coming for their jobs. Coal interests have managed to upend the long struggle between worker and operator so that miners are now on the side of the same coal companies that are 1) cutting jobs for economical reasons and 2) destroying the very lands these miners live on. It's an incredible perversion.
 
2012-08-28 12:19:36 PM  

vpb: Cythraul: The My Little Pony Killer: At least they got to spend the day with their families, but yeah, that's a huge line of people who will be voting for Obama come November.

Hehe.. Are you joking when you say that? It's not as if the U.S. doesn't have plenty of people who vote against their self-interests. Like the Tea Partier on Medicare or disability.

That's true, but in this case, I can see someone who's job depends on the dirtiest form of power there is not wanting power plants to switch to gas or wind.


Yeah, I was thinking my comment was a mistake. I don't know much about Obama's energy policies, but if he is indeed anti-coal, it'd hardly be contradictory to endorse the Republican candidate come election time.
 
2012-08-28 12:20:49 PM  
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."

You are entitled to your own opinions.
You are not entitled to your own dictionary.
 
2012-08-28 12:38:06 PM  
Moore said he didn't see anything negative in attending Romney's campaign appearance with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. "We are talking about an event that was in the best interest of anyone that's related to the coal industry in this area or the entire country," Moore said in the radio interview.

Unless those people related to the coal industry are workers who want to have health insurance or other access to health care. Or who want to be covered by Medicare when they are old enough. Or who want to retire and collect Social Security some day. Or who would prefer that the planet not be destroyed through greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental contaminents. Or who don't want their payroll taxes kept higher than necessary or increased, just to help finance a tax break for people in Mitt Romney's tax bracket. Or who are women who want access to birth control and other family planning services.

But otherwise, yeah, it's in the best interest of everyone related to the coal industry to support Mittens!
 
2012-08-28 12:41:34 PM  
Also had a great boss:

media.katu.com
 
2012-08-28 12:47:03 PM  
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.

encrypted-tbn2.google.com
 
2012-08-28 12:52:20 PM  
Also had a great boss:

www.westchestermagazine.com
 
2012-08-28 12:52:47 PM  
Quantum Mitt rubs off on everything it touches.
 
2012-08-28 12:54:05 PM  
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."

img.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-28 12:59:28 PM  
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.

i293.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-28 01:01:29 PM  
Let's lift all government intrusion on the coal industry so that we can stay competitive in China.

Meanwhile in China.

passport.foreignpolicy.com
 
2012-08-28 01:03:38 PM  
Why have this:

www.rechargenews.com

or this:

farm4.static.flickr.com

When you can have this:

www.old-picture.com
 
2012-08-28 01:07:28 PM  
Black is just the right color for a lung.
 
2012-08-28 01:08:29 PM  

Cythraul: Mandatory political involvement of employees? How could that possibly be legal?


a lot of states are 'right to work', which means they can fire you for any (or no) reason at all. so if your boss says 'get to the Romney rally and wave this gotdamn sign or you're fired' then yes, it's legal. it's not ethical, but it's legal.
 
2012-08-28 01:11:58 PM  
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."

img442.imageshack.us
 
2012-08-28 01:14:59 PM  
*reads what actually happened*
*moves on*
 
2012-08-28 01:25:30 PM  
So they told them it was mandatory, but didn't force them.

Makes me wonder what exactly they have in mind when they say "force" them.
 
2012-08-28 01:26:06 PM  
Shades of "Hunger Games."

At least Romney is sure to take District 12.
 
2012-08-28 01:28:15 PM  

Diogenes: Shades of "Hunger Games."

At least Romney is sure to take District 12.


"District 12: Where you can starve to death in safety."
 
2012-08-28 01:28:29 PM  

Relatively Obscure: Nothing should ever be mandatory and unpaid.


Prison time?
 
2012-08-28 01:37:26 PM  

tallguywithglasseson: So they told them it was mandatory, but didn't force them.

Makes me wonder what exactly they have in mind when they say "force" them.


Safety is important but you know accidents happen. Sometimes they happen to the right people if you know what I mean.
 
2012-08-28 01:49:17 PM  
Also had a great boss: 

welikepopcorn.com
 
2012-08-28 01:50:34 PM  

sweetmelissa31: Black is just the right color for a lung.


once you go black you never go back

because you are dead you see
 
2012-08-28 01:55:09 PM  

vernonFL: Also had a great boss:

[www.westchestermagazine.com image 350x518]


and great union busting skills.

Of course Romney thought this guy is a great boss, that's what he expects.
 
2012-08-28 01:59:06 PM  

quatchi: 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.

[i293.photobucket.com image 604x340]


There were probably a few people who did not attend who were fired for unrelated problems shortly after Romney gave his speech. These of course are unrelated.
 
2012-08-28 02:03:18 PM  
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."

i291.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-28 02:11:49 PM  
Also had a great boss:

encrypted-tbn2.google.com
 
2012-08-28 02:14:34 PM  
He said miners also lose pay when weather or power outages shut down the mine, and noted that federal election law doesn't let companies pay workers to attend political events.

I understand not being able to pay the workers to attend a rally, but they really should have been clear about making the visit voluntary.

Also:

Cyberluddite: Unless those people related to the coal industry are workers who want to have health insurance or other access to health care. Or who want to be covered by Medicare when they are old enough. Or who want to retire and collect Social Security some day. Or who would prefer that the planet not be destroyed through greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental contaminents. Or who don't want their payroll taxes kept higher than necessary or increased, just to help finance a tax break for people in Mitt Romney's tax bracket. Or who are women who want access to birth control and other family planning services.


Absolutely none of that shiat matters if you don't have a farking job. I would expect any of them to vote for whoever is going to keep the mines open.
 
2012-08-28 02:18:25 PM  

Lsherm: Absolutely none of that shiat matters if you don't have a farking job.


Medicaid and social security don't matter unless you have a job?
 
2012-08-28 02:18:46 PM  

Cythraul: Mandatory political involvement of employees? How could that possibly be legal?


Mandatory unpaid political involvement of employees? How could that possibly not be a violation of both Labor and Election law?
 
2012-08-28 02:20:55 PM  

abb3w: Mandatory unpaid political involvement of employees? How could that possibly not be a violation of both Labor and Election law?


Well, they told the employees that it was mandatory, but they aren't going to follow through and actually punish anyone for not going. So that makes it not really mandatory.
 
2012-08-28 02:20:59 PM  
Take a vacation day so you get paid. Show up to the event so you don't get fired.

abb3w: Cythraul: Mandatory political involvement of employees? How could that possibly be legal?

Mandatory unpaid political involvement of employees? How could that possibly not be a violation of both Labor and Election law?


ask the Teamsters.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2012-08-28 02:59:48 PM  

hillbillypharmacist: abb3w: Mandatory unpaid political involvement of employees? How could that possibly not be a violation of both Labor and Election law?

Well, they told the employees that it was mandatory, but they aren't going to follow through and actually punish anyone for not going. So that makes it not really mandatory.


Or it makes them full of shiat.
 
2012-08-28 03:24:11 PM  
Lulz, here's an even better article with the rest of the story.

They were also mandated by their Great Boss to make monetary contributions to Rmoney's campaign
 
2012-08-28 03:27:30 PM  
I'm sure the management didn't get paid for that day either, so it all evens out.
 
2012-08-28 03:39:40 PM  

Otherwise Just Fine: Relatively Obscure: Nothing should ever be mandatory and unpaid.

Prison time?


Er, I meant worky time stuff. But I guess I didn't say that.
 
2012-08-28 03:47:28 PM  
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."

dtdstudios.com
 
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