CEO who forced coal miners to attend Romney rally & blamed Obama for laying off workers is rehiring

January 25, 2013
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During the 2012 Presidential campaign, several CEOs threatened layoffs of their employees. One of those is Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray who used his employees as a political ploy to try to defeat President Obama. In October, not only did Murray allegedly force his employees to attend a pro-Romney rally but the company required they them to donate to Republican candidates. After announcing layoffs in mines with claims of Obama’s war on coal, Murray is now rehiring.

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Think Progress reports:

But months after blaming Obama for layoffs, Murray Energy is looking to hire back workers. Alec MacGillis reports this includes mines in Ohio and Utah, which had announced layoffs in the days following the election. At the time, Murray claimed the “drastic time” forced “survival mode layoffs”:

It’s opened back up…they’re hiring people,” said Gary Parsons, a former superintendent at the mine who worked there for five years before being laid off with the announcement of the shutdown last summer. Parsons himself has not been called back, and is planning simply to retire early, but he said he had talked to several locals who were taking steps to get hired back on. He said he did not understand why, after the big headline-making closure last year, things were perking up at the mine. “I don’t know what’s going on,” he said. “They said they was going to close the mine down.”

Another former Murray employee confirmed that operations were picking back up at Red Bird West. “They’ve called back some hourly folks. They’re definitely starting it back up.”

It hasn’t even been a week since President Obama was sworn in. These workers paid dearly for the company’s partisan ploy to keep Obama out of office.

Image: The Raw Story.

 

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  • http://bobhiggins.wordpress.com/ Bob Higgins

    If you delve into the story of Bob Murray and his various mining and political activities you will find that he is one of this country’s most reprehensible creatures. I first learned of him during the Crandall Canyon mine collapse in Carbon County Utah. No one should be in a position to have to work for this scum.

    http://bobhiggins.wordpress.com/2007/08/22/crandall-canyon-the-king-of-the-mountain-the-fox-in-the-coop/

  • rhunt0926

    This man has also been cited several times for ignoring mine safety regulations. People with such little regard for the lives, livelihoods, and principals of this country should be forced, after a number of illegal actions, out of the companies they lead. He obviously wants his employees to be serfs to obey his wishes with no interest in their welfare or rights. These are the people the GOP has come to represent.

  • Dawgsr1000xbtr

    It’s like election’s over we lost we haven’t slowed down any and we need the workers back. They should be reimbursed for the forced political donation in addition to back pay but it won’t happen.

  • smgess

    If I were the laidoff workers, I would be looking hard for another career. Who would want to work for someone who lies, demeans them, and fires them? Let the guy go broke.

    • Cosmic_Surfer

      I understand your sentiment but do you have a clear picture oft those areas of the country riddled with coal mining? Education is barely present – poverty stricken and a million miles from anything outside of mining. Stores and retail are company owned and operated…Another career? Not so easy if not impossible – survival is about all they have

  • http://nomadicpolitics.blogspot.com/ Nomad

    I like this quote:

    He said he did not understand why, after the big headline-making closure last year, things were perking up at the mine. “I don’t know what’s going on,” he said. “They said they was going to close the mine down.”

    It’s sort of sad that even now, these poor miner haven’t understood how they were played.

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