When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited an Ohio coal mine this month to promote jobs in the coal industry, workers who appeared with him at the rally lost pay because their mine was shut down.

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.”

via Coal miners lost pay when Mitt Romney visited their mine to promote coal jobs | cleveland.com.

Hmm, wonder if the miners knew that “mandatory” meant “optional” before the event? 

Ohio Miners Turn on Obama” reported hard-hitting, facts-based FOX news on August 20. Curious how they haven’t made a peep about this new information…

4 thoughts on “Coal miners lost pay when Mitt Romney visited their mine to promote coal jobs

  1. So… You have to force people to stand behind you, Step-in Fetch-it for you so that you can appear that you really care about the average American worker and you accomplish this by threatening people’s job? That’s the equivalent of a guy trying to buy a hooker for the night with the expectation of sex only for the hooker to tell the guy ‘I need to make my quota for my pimp, so you’re gonna pay me, I’m not sleeping with you, and if you don’t pay me I’m gonna call the police on you’. If this guy gets into the The House and takes over The Office, I think its time for me to invest into looking for homes in the UK. I’m just saying.

  2. Too funny and great movie line. I guess the Koch Bros. made them attend. It is not so ironic I drove my son to college in the north passing through WVa on the way and mainly VA on the way back. Virginia mountains are beautiful, but the mountain top mining in WVa ruined the aesthetics. I get back to the campaign metaphor of Romney in front of coal miners (who we now know were obligated to be there without pay) and Obama in front of some Iowa wind energy employees. Which path forward do we want for our children?

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