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Shell Workers Had To Attend Trump Speech To Be Paid, Were Ordered Not To Protest
Aug 17th, 2019 at 10:30am
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Shell Workers Had To Attend Trump Speech To Be Paid, Were Ordered Not To Protest

Workers at a massive new Shell plant in Pennsylvania had to attend a speech by President Donald Trump there earlier this week to be paid — and were ordered not to protest, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Attendance was not mandatory for thousands of union workers at Royal Dutch Shell’s petrochemical plant north of Pittsburgh, but they had to forfeit pay for the day if they skipped, according to attendance and comportment information obtained by the newspaper.

“Your attendance is not mandatory,” one manager told workers, summarizing a memo that Shell sent to union leaders, the Post-Gazette reported, but only those who showed up at 7 a.m., scanned their ID cards and prepared to stand for hours through lunch would be paid.

“No scan, no pay,” workers were warned.

In addition, workers who decided not to listen to the president’s speech reportedly would not be paid overtime rates routinely built in for extra time during the week.

The newspaper said that they were also told: “No yelling, shouting, protesting or anything viewed as resistance will be tolerated at the event. An underlying theme of the event is to promote good will from the unions. Your building trades leaders and jobs stewards have agreed to this.”

“This is just what Shell wanted to do and we went along with it,” Ken Broadbent, business manager for Steamfitters Local 449, told the newspaper. He said he wouldn’t “bad rap” the situation.

“We’re glad to have the jobs. We’re glad to have the project built,” he said. “The president is the president whether we like him or dislike him. We respect him for the title.”


https://news.yahoo.com/pennsylvania-shell-workers-only-paid-if-attended-trump-sp...
  

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Re: Shell Workers Had To Attend Trump Speech To Be Paid, Were Ordered Not To Protest
Reply #1 - Aug 17th, 2019 at 10:38am
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Nothing says respect like forcing attendance with a gun pointed at your wallet .. ..


  

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Re: Shell Workers Had To Attend Trump Speech To Be Paid, Were Ordered Not To Protest
Reply #2 - Aug 17th, 2019 at 10:44am
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This is absolute bulls**t.

But believe what you want.

1/7th of the workforce could even fit at the event, so volunteers were asked for.

And if you didn’t want to attend, but still wanted to be paid to show up at work and not actually work, that was available. You just went to your normal assigned place of work and did some training.

If you just wanted to stay home, then you could do that as well, but then you wouldn’t get paid.

This is fuc*inf scandalously shi**y reporting.

You’ve been tricked by the corporate media. Again.
  

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Re: Shell Workers Had To Attend Trump Speech To Be Paid, Were Ordered Not To Protest
Reply #3 - Aug 17th, 2019 at 10:58am
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That company and scores of other contractors on site and their labor employees all have their own contracts with Shell. Several said the contracts stipulate that to get paid, workers must be onsite.

Those who decided not to come to the site for the event would have an excused but non-paid absence, the company said, and would not qualify for overtime pay on Friday.

Shell spokesman Ray Fisher explained that the workers onsite have a 56-hour workweek, with 16 hours of overtime built in. That means those workers who attended Mr. Trump’s speech and showed up for work Friday, meeting the overtime threshold, were being paid at a rate of time and a half, while those who didn’t go to hear the president were being paid the regular rate, despite the fact that both groups did not do work on the site Tuesday.

https://www.post-gazette.com/business/powersource/2019/08/16/Trump-speech-union-...

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"So they came to work, got paid in full and didn't do any work. And the problem is? You just read a hit piece on a president who supports the fossil fuel industry and the high paying jobs it produces."
  

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Re: Shell Workers Had To Attend Trump Speech To Be Paid, Were Ordered Not To Protest
Reply #4 - Aug 17th, 2019 at 11:14am
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Rabbit_Reborn wrote on Aug 17th, 2019 at 10:44am:
This is absolute bulls**t.

But believe what you want.

1/7th of the workforce could even fit at the event, so volunteers were asked for.

And if you didn’t want to attend, but still wanted to be paid to show up at work and not actually work, that was available. You just went to your normal assigned place of work and did some training.

If you just wanted to stay home, then you could do that as well, but then you wouldn’t get paid.

This is fuc*inf scandalously shi**y reporting.

You’ve been tricked by the corporate media. Again.

This article has named sources who should know, at least given the stated titles and their proximity to the info. I am looking for the "bad reporting" but don't see it. Perhaps you want to go on the record with your information and how you know.
  

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Re: Shell Workers Had To Attend Trump Speech To Be Paid, Were Ordered Not To Protest
Reply #5 - Aug 17th, 2019 at 11:22am
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It starts with a lie.

Vypr wrote on Aug 17th, 2019 at 10:30am:
Workers at a massive new Shell plant in Pennsylvania had to attend a speech by President Donald Trump there earlier this week to be paid —...

This is a lie.

You did not have to attend a speech to be paid.

The corporate media is lying to you.

It’s quite simple.

Abe’s info is accurate.
  

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Re: Shell Workers Had To Attend Trump Speech To Be Paid, Were Ordered Not To Protest
Reply #6 - Aug 17th, 2019 at 11:28am
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Wait...so you are telling me that workers that don't come to work for the day...won't get paid for that day???!!!??

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Re: Shell Workers Had To Attend Trump Speech To Be Paid, Were Ordered Not To Protest
Reply #7 - Aug 17th, 2019 at 11:52am
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It's the Huffington Post.  Who, at this point, really expects "reporting" from them?

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Re: Shell Workers Had To Attend Trump Speech To Be Paid, Were Ordered Not To Protest
Reply #8 - Aug 17th, 2019 at 12:32pm
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Queshank wrote on Aug 17th, 2019 at 11:52am:
It's the Huffington Post.  Who, at this point, really expects "reporting" from them?

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Do we ever hear you complain about the lies that Breitbart peddles?
  

 
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Re: Shell Workers Had To Attend Trump Speech To Be Paid, Were Ordered Not To Protest
Reply #9 - Aug 17th, 2019 at 4:59pm
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Well Rabbit, looks like CNN has this story as well.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/17/politics/workers-trump-speech-attend-pto-no-pay/i...

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