At least some of the workers who attended the speech were told not to protest against the President, who told the crowd of workers at the Royal Dutch Shell plant that he was imploring their union leaders to support his re-election.
The instructions to the workers came in a note from which a copy of CNN's Polo Sandoval was obtained from a source of the congress. This source received the memo from a person in Beaver County, Pennsylvania – the site of the facility.
"Your presence is not compulsory, this is considered an excused absence, but those who are NOT present will not do so." On Friday they receive overtime pay, "read part of the memo.
Shell spokesman Curtis Smith confirmed that the workers were told that they would also miss overtime pay if they missed the event. Shell said it did not write the memo.
The speech by Tuesday Trump was an official White House event ̵
"I will speak with some of your union leaders and say: & # 39; I hope you will support Trump. & # 39; Okay? "Said Trump." And if not, choose the hell because they do not do their job. It's true. It's true. Vote Them. "
The White House did not respond to a request for comment Steammundters Local 449, a union mentioned in the Post-Gazette, also did not respond to CNN's request for comment.
" This is exactly what Shell wanted to do, and we went with it, "said Ken Broadbent, Business Manager at Steamfitters Local 449, to the newspaper.