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BHO Visits, Workers Told To Stay Home

This is a follow-up to your caller yesterday. He got it wrong about non-unions being told to stay home… In some ways the truth is even more damning…

From the San Francisco bay area NBC affiliate KRON-4:

New Confusion Over Whether Solyndra Construction Workers Will be Paid for Wednesday and When

By Brian Shields on 5/26/2010

FREMONT (KRON) — There’s new confusion about whether union construction workers at Solyndra, the Fremont solar panels company where President Obama spoke Wednesday morning, will be paid for the day and when.

KRON 4’s Kate Thompson reported Tuesday hundreds of union workers were told to take the day off without pay because of security concerns surrounding the President’s visit.

In a follow up to the story, Kate says 800 employees, all of whom work the day shift were not given a choice and had to take the day off without pay. Their paychecks for this week will show four days worked, not five.

The general contractor on the project, Rudolph and Sletten, say workers were notified two weeks ago about the unpaid day off. However, Kate reports Solyndra officials say the company was only told about the President’s visit seven days ago.

The contractor says because of the day off, the contract on the project will be extended by a day. That company says the pay will even out since workers will get an extra day’s paycheck at the end of the project

So union workers were told to take the day off. The only confusion here is whether they will be paid for the day or not. (It sounds like the company is now scurrying to make sure they are paid, to avoid the bad publicity.)

In any case, this begs the question why only union members had to take the day off. Clearly, the White House just wanted ‘management’ in the audience.

Maybe they were afraid that the ‘workers’ might speak out of turn – even ‘green’ workers.

Still, savor the irony of these ‘green workers’ being told to stay home while Mr. Obama uses their plant as a backdrop to tout ‘green energy jobs.’

It’s like a tale from O’Henry — or Rod Serling.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “BHO Visits, Workers Told To Stay Home”

  1. JohnMG says:

    …..”It’s like a tale from O’Henry — or Rod Serling…..”

    I was thinking more along the lines of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” Or “Happy Gilmore”.

  2. jobeth says:

    Obviously I must have misunderstood, but I was listening to Rush when an excited caller was telling him about this. I could have sworn this caller said it was the NON union workers who were told not to come in.

    Ummm, I must be losing it. I better start listening closer.

    But, why would union members, who seem to be the fair haired favorite child of Obalmy be told to stay home? They would be his best supporters.

    Non union members told to stay home makes better sense to me.

    I must be tripping over the obvious here. Someone please explain what I’m missing to me.

    • proreason says:

      Union management is always pro-Obamy.

      Union members, not always….particularly if they aren’t SEIU.

    • jobeth says:

      Pro, your point is on target but that still leaves me trying to get the peanut butter out of my ears. I really thought I heard that caller say non union. workers were involved.

      I better start buying a better brand of peanut butter…this stuff is sticky! lol

    • proreason says:

      Jobeth, check Rush’s website. He publishes a transcript of eveything that is said during the show. (BTW, that’s a great way to keep up with the show with a shorter time investment. They don’t publish the ads ;-))

    • jobeth says:

      Good idea…thanks :-D

    • JohnMG says:

      This isn’t at all that uncommon on construction sites. The environment is too chaotic to provide adequate security. Usually a few select individuals are solicited to be window dressing, and the rest are dismissed. I’ve been caught in such instances.

  3. Right of the People says:

    Sounds like the company I used to work for eons ago. Whenever one of the big bosses from corporate would visit, select members of the staff were told to stay away from the office because we might ask embarrassing questions of them. I was always one of those asked not to attend. I can’t imagine why.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Why would the prez bother himself with the very people he is trying to put under his thumb?

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