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Workers at a petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania were given a choice on Tuesday before President Trump's visit: participation in the President's speech, free home stay, or partial consumption of their paid leisure time.
Many construction workers did not find the choice difficult. Ken Broadbent, Business Manager of Steamfitters Local 449, told NPR that it was a welcome sight to see Trump's event at the Royal Dutch Shell-operated ethane cracker facility in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. "I do photo sessions all day if they use another cracker in our area."
"Cracker" is a jargon for a facility that converts oil and gas into tiny pellets that can be used in plastic products. When construction is complete and the plant is up and running in the coming years, it is expected to employ around 600 permanent employees. Broadbent said it was developed by a contractor who did not respond to a request for comment.
Smith said that if workers did not want to attend the President's speech, they would have the option of either staying home without pay or taking a paid free time.
The absence of a working day could amount to a salary of $ 700, on social benefits and a daily allowance received by workers outside the city, said a union leader of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Tuesday was treated as a training day with a guest speaker who happened to be the president, "Smith told NPR." It was expected that some would reject the president's visit and instead get the option of a paid time out (PTO) . "
The memo, first reported in Post-Gazette instructed workers to show up at seven in the morning, scan their ID cards, and spend hours standing by lunch advised not to shout, protest or do anything that can be considered "resistance," the newspaper reported.
Trump's visit was an official White House event, with no mention of the President's re-election.  19659008] In the talk, Trump applauded natural gas production in Appalachia.
"They are sitting on gold and we are using it," said Trump.
The President told the workers in the We rk: One of the country's largest construction sites, which he relied on in 2020.
"I will speak with some of your union leaders to say," I hope you will support Trump. " In order?" Trump said. "And if not, choose the hell because they are not doing their job."
For Broadbent, the union's CEO, any politician willing to fight for more jobs can be supported by his members.
"We support politicians, whether Republicans or Democrats, who are helping to create jobs, most importantly, it gives us health insurance, it gives us pension vehicles, it gives people a bourgeois lifestyle, so the building." Crafts and the Steamfitters are pro-jobs, "said Broadbent.
Trump won Beaver County, a largely agricultural region about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh, in 2016 with around 57% of the vote.