At least some of those present at the speech were instructed not to protest the president, who told a crowd of workers at the Royal Dutch Shell plant that he would commit to their union leaders to support his re-election.
Worker's instructions are in a memorandum, a copy of which was obtained by CNN Polo Sandoval from a congressional source. This source was provided by a note from a person in Beaver County, PA – the plant's website.
"Your visit is optional. This will be considered a justified absence. Those who do not attend, however, will not
Shell spokesman Curtis Smith confirm that workers have been told they will miss the pay for overtime. She says she didn't write the note.
"It was understood that some would choose not to attended the presidential visit and were instead given the opportunity to take paid leave (PTO). As with any business day, if one chooses to take the PTO, they are not entitled to maximum overtime, "Smith, a Shell spokesman, told CNN.
Trump's speech Tuesday was a White House official event ̵
"I'll speak to some of your union leaders to say: "I hope you support Trump." All right? "Trump said." And if they don't, vote them on the devil. oils because they are not doing their job. True. True. Vote out of office. "
The White House did not respond to a request for comment. Steamfitters Local 449, an alliance mentioned in the Post-Gazette, also did not respond to CNN's request for comment.
" That's exactly what Shell wanted to do, and we went with it, "Ken Broadbent, business manager at Steamfitters Local 449, told the newspaper.