WaPo reports that

About 340 workers at an Omaha plastics factory will lose pay or have to work next Saturday to make up for time lost during a visit by President Bush on Monday to promote his “jobs and growth plan,” their boss said today.

Brad Crosby, president of Airlite Plastics Co., said about 170 of his workers will lose a full day’s pay and another 170 will be docked for part of their pay for Monday unless they make up the time they spend attending Bush’s speech.

What kind of lame-brain is Crosby? Surely, the free advertising and PR boost of having the President give a speech at your rinky dink factory is worth paying workers for their shift?

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  1. MommaBear says:

    Let’s all start sending polite notes of dismay and disappointment to Mr. Brad Cosby re his rather shortsighted maneuver! MB also intends to post about this to spread the word!!

    Here’s Airlite’s

    Contacting Airlite Plastics:


    suggested subject line: ATTN: Brad Cosby, President

    or snailmail to:

    Airlite Plastics,  6110 Abbott Drive, Omaha, Nebraska  68110


  2. John Lemon says:

    I can see making up time (with pay) if the company has a tight supply schedule to meet, but docking their pay is really pathetic. I bet that bastard votes Democrat.

  3. James Joyner says:

    It’s just bizarre. Especially since they’re actually supposed to come to work so that it’ll look good for the President. One would think this would violate minimum wage law, actually.