Murray closed the mine the day of the rally, saying it was necessary for security and safety, then docked miners the day's pay.
Um... They didn't get paid for work they didn't do. I'm not sure what your point is. When the mine is shut down, the workers, who are not working in the mine that day, do not get paid. This is normal. In fact, it would have been illegal for them to pay the workers since this was a political event
. It's a violation of election laws to pay workers to attend political rallies. So your big bolded statement just tells us that they obeyed the election rules. WTF?
Asked by WWVA radio’s Blomquist about the allegations on Monday’s show, Murray chief operating officer Robert Moore said: “Attendance was mandatory but no one was forced to attend the event.”
Yeah. What part of that quote makes you think that there's nothing we're missing about it. If you take it literally, it's self contradictory. But instead of attempting to find a meaning that would resolve that contradiction, you just ignore it and pretend that the second half just wasn't said at all.
They may not have been required to attend the event itself, but working their regular shift was taken away as an option, as was the pay involved in working that shift.
Yup. In accordance with election laws. As I pointed out earlier, this is exactly what is done every time Obama shows up at some factory somewhere for a political event/tour/speech/whatever
. It's required by law. All those guys standing around in hard hats when Obama does this? Showing him the latest car, solar panel, or widget they're working on? None of them get paid for doing that. And everyone who didn't want to attend the event are standing around outside on an extended smoke break not getting paid either.
The only thing unusual about this is that the media has decided to make it seem like it's unusual.
Lol! Really? Ignorance is bliss I guess.