Target: Robert E. Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corporation
Goal: Replace wages for miners forced to miss work for political rally
Recently, presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared at an Ohio coal mine to show his support for the industry. However, workers of the mine present at the event were not there by choice—they were told by the company that owns the mine that the rally was mandatory. Additionally, the workers were not paid for their time spent at the rally and away from their jobs. Spokespeople for the company, however, have said the workers misunderstood the mandatory order to attend the rally, and refuse to pay the workers their wages.
The miners who attended the rally have told local media that they feared they would be fired if they did not go. They were told the rally was mandatory, and they would be losing a day of payment whether or not they went. There have also been some reports of the miners being intimidated into donating part of their wages to Romney’s campaign. Spokespeople for the company have attempted to deny these claims, although the denials have been unconvincing. The Chief Financial Officer of Murray Energy, Robert Moore, said that the managers of the company, ‘communicated to our workforce that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend’. This confusing statement suggests that managers of the Murray Energy Corporation did exactly what the employees claim, and are now attempting to lie in order to avoid paying their workers.
Federal law prevents the company for paying employees specifically to attend the rally. However, this is not what the miners are asking for. They were forced to lose a day of work with no other apparent option than to lose the job altogether, and deserve to be repaid for that lost day. Tell the CEO of Murray Energy Corporation to repay his workers immediately.
Dear Mr. Murray:
Recently, workers at a mine owned by the Murray Energy Corporation were told to attend a political rally in support of presidential candidate Mitt Romney. These workers were told their attendance was mandatory, and they were not paid for the day of work that they missed. Many of the miners feared they would be fired if they refused to go.
I ask you to pay your workers for the day they were forced to miss. These miners are dedicated to your company, and have been treated unfairly. These workers deserve a fair wage for every day they are willing to work. This missed day was not the fault of the workers, and there is no reason they should be denied pay for it.
[Your Name Here]