Saturday, October 30, 2010

“I’m Coercin’ It!”

Employees at McDonald’s restaurants in Canton, Ohio, got a little something extra in their paychecks this week, but it wasn’t a raise.

When workers in a McDonald’s restaurant in Canton, Ohio, opened their paychecks this month, they found a pamphlet urging them to vote for the Republican candidates for governor, Senate and Congress, or possibly face financial repercussions.

The pamphlet appeared calculated to intimidate workers into voting for Republican candidates by making a direct reference to their wages and benefits, said Allen Schulman, a Democrat who is president of the Canton City Council and said he obtained a copy of the pamphlet on Wednesday.

The pamphlet said: “If the right people are elected, we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above the current levels. If others are elected, we will not.”

It then named three Republican candidates after stating, “The following candidates are the ones we believe will help our business move forward.”

It’s against the law in Ohio to “print or authorize to be printed upon any pay envelopes any statements intended or calculated to influence the political action of his or its employees.”

The owner of the stores, Paul Siegfried, at first had no comment, but later released a statement apologizing for his “error in judgment.”

Ironic, isn’t it, that it’s always the Republicans who are on the lookout for voter intimidation? Here they are delivering it at the drive-through.