Workers at the Pennsylvania petrochemical plant were given three options ahead of a visit from President Trump, one included no pay!
President Trump is making his rounds for the 2020 campaign trail and made a stop at the Pennsylvania petrochemical plant. Ahead of his arrival, the workers were given notice about their attendance.
Workers at the Royal Dutch Shell plant were sent a memo that stated;
“Your attendance is not mandatory. This will be considered an excused absence. However, those who are NOT in attendance will not receive overtime pay on Friday.”
This memo was obtained by CNN by way of a congressional source. That source was given the memo by a person in Beaver County, Pennsylvania which is where the plant is located.
Although Shell says they did not write the memo, Shell spokesman Curtis Smith confirmed that wages would be affected if there was no attendance.
“It was understood some would choose not to attend the presidential visit and were given the option to take paid time off (PTO) instead. As with any workweek, if someone chooses to take PTO, they are not eligible to receive maximum overtime,” Smith said.
Trump’s purpose for the visit was to implore Shells union leaders to support his campaign. However, the President did make a statement to the plant in regards to workers who were not supporters of his reelection saying;
“I’m going to speak to some of your union leaders to say, ‘I hope you’re going to support Trump.’ Okay?” Trump said. “And if they don’t, vote them the hell out of office because they’re not doing their job. It’s true. It’s true. Vote them out of office.”