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#1 Posted on 11.5.03 1420.00 Reposted on: 11.5.10 1421.46
Workers Won't Get Paid During Bush Visit 03:09 PM EST May 11, 2003 The Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. Employees of a plastics plant have been told they'll need to make up the time they're off work while the plant is used as the site of a speech by President Bush on his economic and employment proposals.
The president, who has been campaigning across the country to drum up support for his tax cut and economic plan, scheduled a speech Monday at the Airlite Plastics Co.
Bush is expected to speak to the company's 575 employees about how his economic stimulus plan would benefit them.
Airlite president and CEO Brad Crosby said workers will be given one of four options during the visit: work their regular shift in an adjacent plant not visited by the president, take the day off and make up the work on Saturday, use one of their vacation days, or take an unpaid day off.
"Right from the beginning, we didn't want to see anyone take a cut in pay. We're just trying to be completely fair," Crosby said
Crosby said he had not spoken to any employees who dislike the options. "I think the overwhelming majority of our employees are just very excited about seeing the president," he said.
However, the company added the fourth option - allowing workers to take a paid vacation day - after the Omaha World-Herald reported Saturday that at least one employee complained about having to take an unpaid day off or make up the work on a normal day off to see the president.
The Washington Post said Airlite would shut down its first shift and parts of the second shift Monday to accommodate the president's appearance.
The White House did not know how many people would hear the president's speech, but plant workers were each allowed to bring one guest. Others will only be allowed in with tickets, a limited number of which were made available for Nebraska's congressional delegation, the governor's office and the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.
The White House chose Airlite Plastics for Bush's speech from a list of choices submitted by local officials, said David Kramer, chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party.
Airlite makes coolers for shipping vaccines and steaks, blocks for building tornado-resistant buildings and plastic lids and containers for foods and soft drinks.
--Gee, listen to Bush talk about everything he has already said on tv more than once and lose a day and/or $$$ or just go ahead and work..what on earth to do..
(edited by y4j1981 on 11.5.03 1221)
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