Union workers at Shell’s ethane cracker complex under construction in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, were required to attend President Trump’s speech at the facility a week ago, or stay home and not be paid, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper.
The paper reported workers were told to arrive at 7 a.m., scan their ID cards and wait to hear the president speak in order to be paid, Kallanish Energy understands.
Those who chose not to attend, according to the Post-Gazette, would be permitted an excused, unpaid absence.
Shell spokesman Curtis Smith pushed back on some of the assertions in the story, namely workers who chose not to attend the speech would be allowed a “non-paid absence,” Newsweek magazine reported.
Those not in attendance would “take paid time off (Pto), instead,” Smith told Newsweek.
Smith also said the event “was treated as a training (work day),” the only notable departure from traditional training sessions being Tuesday’s program included “a guest speaker who happened to be the President.”
Tuesday’s audience is said to have numbered roughly 5,000 workers.
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