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.
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.
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