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Union Workers at Trump Speech Had to Be There If They Wanted All Their Pay for the Week

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Shell workers had to attend speech or lose pay

Union workers at a multibillion-dollar Pennsylvania construction site did not have to stick around to hear President Donald Trump speak last Tuesday. But if they opted out, they were forced to take the day off — and lose some pay.

Trump was on hand at the Royal Dutch Shell petrochemical plant in Beaver County where he addressed a large group of workers in a speech that, while billed as being energy-focused, also railed against opponents such as former President Barack Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren and lamented what he described as the “millions” the presidency was costing him.

Prior to Trump’s visit, employees were told that, in effect, attendance at his speech was not mandatory, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. But there would be a cost: Workers would not be paid their overtime rate unless they scanned in their IDs at 7 a.m. and stood through lunch.

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