Thousands of union workers at a Shell plant in Pennsylvania were told they wouldn’t get paid for the day if they didn’t show up at a rally for President Trump.
Shell sent union leaders a memo the day before Trump’s visit saying attendance was “not mandatory.” But only those who showed up at 7 a.m. and scanned ID cards would get paid that day. Those who showed up had to stay until well after 3pm, with no lunch break.
Workers were told “No yelling, shouting, protesting or anything viewed as resistance,” would be tolerated at the event.
One union leader, speaking anonymously, said the loss of one day of work could amount to as much as $700 in pay, benefits, and a per diem for out-of-town workers.
There are more than a dozen unions at the Shell site–the largest construction project in the state.
Shell spokesman Ray Fisher equated the political rally with a “paid training day.” He said the president was simply the guest speaker of that “training day”.