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Coal Company Rehires Workers After Pinning Blame For Layoffs On Obama

10:42 pm - 01/28/2013

Throughout the 2012 presidential election, Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray used his employees as a political tool to try to defeat President Obama. Murray allegedly forced miners to attend a pro-Romney rally without pay and to contribute to Republican candidates. He announced layoffs at mines in Ohio and Utah, claiming that Obama’s “war on coal” has cost jobs and hurt his business.

But months after blaming Obama for layoffs, Murray Energy is looking to hire back workers. Alec MacGillis reports this includes mines in Ohio and Utah, which had announced layoffs in the days following the election. At the time, Murray claimed the “drastic time” forced “survival mode layoffs”:

“It’s opened back up…they’re hiring people,” said Gary Parsons, a former superintendent at the mine who worked there for five years before being laid off with the announcement of the shutdown last summer. Parsons himself has not been called back, and is planning simply to retire early, but he said he had talked to several locals who were taking steps to get hired back on. He said he did not understand why, after the big headline-making closure last year, things were perking up at the mine. “I don’t know what’s going on,” he said. “They said they was going to close the mine down.”

Another former Murray employee confirmed that operations were picking back up at Red Bird West. “They’ve called back some hourly folks. They’re definitely starting it back up.”

Company officials maintain the rehiring is part of a reclamation project that can go on for several years, but they may have up to 43 people working at the Ohio Red Bird West operation after originally laying off 56.

Either way, the result is far from Murray’s prediction that the election would precede layoffs throughout the coal industry. Generally, cheap natural gas is driving down demand for coal, not Murray’s favorite targets, environmental protections and taxes.


shortsweetcynic 29th-Jan-2013 03:58 am (UTC)
who knew schadenfreude pie could still be SOOOOOO GOOD almost three months later?! :D

(also, that gif. my god. LOVE)
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kyra_neko_rei 29th-Jan-2013 05:33 am (UTC)
alryssa 29th-Jan-2013 04:21 am (UTC)

tallycola 29th-Jan-2013 04:55 am (UTC)
So how much money did they lose on lay-off packages for people they're scrambling to rehire now?
aviv_b 29th-Jan-2013 05:30 am (UTC)
layoff packages? I doubt they got anything. not from a company that makes them attend a rally without pay.
yeats 29th-Jan-2013 05:36 am (UTC)
i feel really gross about some of the snark i've seen about this story -- not just here, but on other sites. people lost their sources of incomes and had to live for months not knowing that they'd just be rehired as a ploy in this man's games. it's sick.
lickbrains 29th-Jan-2013 05:48 am (UTC)
This. So disgusting.
moonbladem 29th-Jan-2013 08:43 am (UTC)
THIS. People are just chess pieces for this jerk to make political statements. Nevermind that they are real people who need to put food on the table for their families. He's nothing but a heartless, privileged asshole.
abiding 29th-Jan-2013 09:12 am (UTC)
not_emily 29th-Jan-2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
ladypolitik 29th-Jan-2013 09:35 am (UTC)

Like. Actual fucking whiny children.

And they own companies.
the_gabih 29th-Jan-2013 09:38 am (UTC)
And then they have the gall to lecture the lower classes/women about responsibility.
the_gabih 29th-Jan-2013 09:37 am (UTC)
He announced layoffs at mines in Ohio and Utah, claiming that Obama’s “war on coal” has cost jobs and hurt his business.

shhh_its_s3cr3t 29th-Jan-2013 10:34 am (UTC)
Lord almighty.... Bless this stupid stupid excuse for an adult.
tabaqui 29th-Jan-2013 11:42 am (UTC)
For fuck's sake.
red_pill 29th-Jan-2013 02:10 pm (UTC)
i reeeeealy hope they unionise if there not (dosent sound like it). this kind of shit is why unions are needed. and peeps who say otherwise can eat a bowl of something unplessent.
carmy_w 29th-Jan-2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
ljtaylor 29th-Jan-2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
thank you!
effervescent 29th-Jan-2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
So they went from 'completely necessary' to being changed three months later? Yeeeeeah, that's not suspicious at all, really. ugh.
kitanabychoice 29th-Jan-2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
Wow, what utter bullshit this is. I'm glad people are getting their livelihoods back but there is no way someone could spin this as anything but a shitty political move that backfired.
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