The Murray Energy Corporation, which has given $900,000 dollars in political gifts to Republicans over the last two years to protect the profits they earn from our dirtiest power source, wanted to use their Century Mine as the cite for a Mitt Romney rally. The problem for workers? Security meant the mine had to be closed for the day, a day workers weren't paid for.
While right-wing pundits were celebrating the throngs of coal miners and their families turning out for the rally, miners themselves were calling into WWVA, a local radio station, complaining that they were losing money for the day...and that their attendance was mandatory!
Murray Energy Chief Financial Officer Rob Moore confirmed to the station that managers communicated to the miners that attendance was mandatory, according to a story by Sabrina Eaton of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Despite mandating attendance at the rally, Murray Energy maintains it can't legally pay workers to attend a political event, but that is just an excuse to not pay miners for income lost through no vault of their own...and at best arises as an issue only because Murray took it upon themselves to mandate the event in the first place!
Coal Companies protect their profits from regulation with the threat that if America ever stopped using their mercury-spewing power source, workers in the coal region would lose jobs. If they really care about the miners whose work stuffs their corporate bank accounts they wouldn't be making those same miners absorb the cost of their political lobbying.
Tell Murray Energy Corporation, "Pay them for the day!"
*Photo credit to the AP!