According to The Huffington Post
the event was held at Energy Company Century Mine earlier this month and was attended by by hundreds of coal workers and their families. The facility was shut down for the day for "safety and security” reasons Rob Moore, Chief Financial Officer of Murray Energy Company said in an interview with WWVA News Radio
. Moore continued, saying non-salaried employees were not paid for the day and that all staffers were being asked to attend the event.
When asked by the talk show's host David Blomquist if workers were indeed forced to attend the event, Moore stated managers told workers that attendance at the event was mandatory, but that no one was forced to attend. Workers however felt that they were forced to attend the event when told it was "mandatory", fearing they could lose their job if they did not attend. One of many workers that contacted WWVA's Blomquist said “Yes, we were in fact told that the Romney event was mandatory and would be without pay, that the hours spent there would need to be made up my non-salaried employees outside of regular working hours, with the only other option being to take a pay cut for the equivalent time. Yes, letters have gone around with lists of names of employees who have not attended or donated to political events," according to a The Raw Story report
. Blomquist told Cleveland.com
he received multiple emails and phone calls from employees of Murray Energy who felt that they were intimidated into attending Romney's appearance.
Moore repeatedly claimed that no worker was forced to attend the event, however considering he hosted a fundraiser in support of Mr. Romney earlier this year and the fact the Center for Responsive Politics
reports Murray Energy has contributed $900,000 to the GOP during only the last two years, it is understandable why workers felt they had no choice but to attend the event, says RT.com