Workers at Royal Dutch Shell’s petrochemical plant in Monaca, Pa., were told that they had to attend President Donald Trump’s speech on energy Tuesday if they wanted to be paid.
“Your attendance is not mandatory,” read the rules that Shell sent to union leaders a day ahead of Trump’s visit to the $6 billion construction site, reports the Post-Gazette.
“But only those that showed up at 7 a.m., scanned their cards, and prepared to stand for hours — through lunch but without lunch — would be paid,” the newspaper reported.
“NO SCAN, NO PAY,” the rules said.
The Post-Gazette reports:
Those that decided to sit out the event would have an excused absence, the company said, and would not qualify for overtime pay on Friday. The company has a 56-hour workweek with 16 hours of overtime. That means those workers who attended Mr. Trump’s speech and showed up for work on Friday meeting the overtime threshold are being paid at a rate of time and a half, while those that didn’t go to hear the president are being paid the regular rate, despite the fact that both groups did not do work on the site on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for Shell described Trump’s speech as “a paid training day with a guest speaker who happened to be the President.”