Saturday November 10, 2012, 11:11 am
When coal executive, Robert Murray, wasn’t insuring some of his workers will be killed by violating regulations for their safety or forcing his employees to attend Republican campaign rallies without compensation, he was threatening his employees with termination if Obama wins to intimidate them into voting against their own interests. Now he has cut back on his work force because of market conditions that are not related to Obama’s election, but he is lying to his workers and telling them it’s because Obama won.
Saturday November 10, 2012, 12:31 pm
Those sam workers filed a complaint with the Justice Dept. before the firing, for making them go to Romney's rally, miss a day of pay, and donate to the campaign. Murray is in a heap of trouble already - he also called the Romney campaign and said this had happened and asked what he should do and their response was "don't worry, it will go away, it always does!" Dirty corrupt money and dirty corrup GOP still buying its way in and out of everything! At least it backfired in the election! I even have trouble talking to a Repuke!
Saturday November 10, 2012, 12:51 pm
I suspect this guy will really pay the price for his antics. He should've gone the way of the other people who tried to intimidate their workers into voting for Romney - and back track his decision! The Romney campaign is gone now - thank God - so this guy is ALONE! He will pay for this - bad karma is relentless!
Saturday November 10, 2012, 6:10 pm
The workers could have a blessing in disguise because of this reprehensible and illegal behavior by this jerk Murray. They may find better jobs, and escape the legacy of terrible health caused by working in this industry, which is fortunately heading toward obsolescence. Thanks, Tom.
Saturday November 10, 2012, 9:03 pm
Sadly, this kind of intimidation is prevalent in the coal industry today. The coal companies have hammered this idea that the President is waging a war on coal for the last four years. The bottom line is that under Pres. Obama, the EPA has enforced rules to protect the health and safety of miners and people who live in mining country. This costs the coal companies money. The unions are practically extinct, so the miners have no protection. In this area, mining is the main source of decent paying jobs. Of course the miners are fearful of losing their jobs, they have been told repeatedly that they would if Pres. Obama was re elected. The current popular method of mining is Mountain Top Removal, which pollutes our waterways, destroys the topography, causes the extinction of various forms of wildlife and contributes to massive flooding. The main reason for this type of mining is that they only have to employ a third of the number of people to get the same amount of coal that they would have needed to mine underground. Half the politicians who were elected locally ran on the premise that they would fight "Obama's war on coal."
Sunday November 11, 2012, 12:12 am
Repuglicons lie, Lie, and LIE again - in fact incessantly!
Patently that evil man Robert Murray was planning this for some time and just waiting to be able to 'blame it on Obama'! (Is it also President Obama's fault that Murray ducks safety regulations resulting in the death of his workers or refuses them healthcare? No, of course not - that is Murray's fault). I tried like mad to give stars - but my week isn't up yet for most - sorry! Brilliant comments.
For Repuglicons 'The end justifies the means' - which was the method used by Stalin and Hitler and all other tyrants... please God the near half of the country that fell for the GOP and TPs lies wake up and start THINKING!
Interesting post, Alice L - and I was able to give a star to you!
Sunday November 11, 2012, 1:00 am
"…He [Murray] doesn't like Obama. It's hard not to see the layoffs as political—especially since others in the coal industry aren't predicting quite the gloomy outlook that Murray is.
And in an ironic twist, one of the reasons coal demand is down in the US, according to the CEO of another coal company, is because warmer weather means people don't need to heat their homes as much."
Seems not everybody is following Murray. I also read somewhere, but can't remember where of course, that this time of year is also a "traditional" layoff time in the industry. If that is so, between the discord with other coal companies, this reddit poster, and the "traditional" layoff time, it is very clear to me what is going on — an ongoing battle with Republican/Teabaggers and their henchmen. It's all about politics, not about business.
Sunday November 11, 2012, 1:05 am
I forgot a point. I saw a video where Murray almost looked like he was close to tears and had a quiver in his voice as he said "…he knows these people by name…". In the Mother Jones article it mentions him saying a prayer: "[Murray] read a prayer to staffers on the day after the election that said, "Lord, please forgive me and anyone with me in Murray Energy Corp. for the decisions that we are now forced to make to preserve the very existence of any of the enterprises that you have helped us build."
I don't believe for one second that this is genuine. He is just another Republican/Teabagger supply-side pseudo Christian playing the piety and compassion card. Truly amazing that he might think others see him as being sincere. Good thing his wolf's snout is showing from under the sheep's clothing!
Sunday November 11, 2012, 7:11 am
Thanks Tomcat! Evil plutocrats need to remember Bastille Day! And the reason this plutocrats' miners are losing work is due to the Fraking Industry. The railroads are losing business because of the gas industry's illegal moves,too.