Political Bullying At Work

Right-wing bosses are trying to intimidate their employees on how to vote.


I have two jobs and two sets of bosses: At my regular job, my bosses treat me fairly, treat me with respect and are great, down-to-earth guys. On election day they tell me to take as much time as I need to go vote, but do not try and intimidate me in any way. These guys truly have my utmost respect.

At my other job, the situation is quite the opposite. I walked into work this weekend to find that our boss had printed a packet for each full-time, regular employee (I was not included) complete with their home address, the address of their polling station, each candidate on the ballot in their district, and EVERY REPUBLICAN highlighted and check-off. Where there were only Democrats on the ballot he had written, "No vote needed.'

To be fair, my boss did not say or write to vote Republican or else, but none-the-less, I feel this is intimidation and political bullying in the work place, so did quite a few of his other employees.

Some employees are sending emails to their employees warning them that if Obama wins, the company may have to cut jobs. Some employees are offering to reimburse employees if they go see the new anti-Obama "documentary".

Maybe if I listen to 620 WTMJ while at work, I can ask for another dollar per hour. Maybe if I tune into Fox News at night, I can clock in for some overtime pay. Maybe if I attend a Paul Ryan rally in Waukesha I can get reimbursed for mileage. Maybe if I am a registered Democrat and don't vote Tuesday, I can get an extra large Christmas bonus this year.

Maybe if my boss treated his employees with respect and dignity and kept his nose out of their politics he wouldn't be seen as "The big bad wolf" at work. I hope your boss isn't trying to bully you into voting a certain way.

Thanks to the Supreme Court "Citizens United" case, this crap is now totally legal. You know, the more money, power and influence you have, the louder your voice is allowed to be and the more rights you are allowed to have. I can't imagine what would happen if I had come to work and handed out to each employee a packet of how I thought they should vote. My guess is I would now have my weekends free and one less job to collect a W2 from next year.


On a separate note, I now understand that people in the city of Milwaukee are receiving phone calls "allowing" them to vote by phone. To combat this fraudulent B.S., volunteer groups are now printing fliers and pasting them in the inner city at bus stops and corners that read,

No ballot,
No vote!

You cannot vote by
phone or internet in
Wisconsin. If you did not
visit a polling place or
mail an absentee ballot,
you did NOT vote.

Questions? Call the City of Milwaukee
Election Commission (414) 286-3491

Will the right-wingers stop at nothing to intimidate and cheat? This makes me sick to my stomach.

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Jason J November 09, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I call B.S. on this garbage article written by some hack. Jason the election is over there is no need for more lies as the liar in chief has won. Patch it is time he is banned from posting. His blogs bring your reputation down to the gutter
Dave Koven November 09, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Dung...It's not like you have a lot of choice. Why not encourage your Republican electees to cooperate with the President? We have a fiscal cliff we have to avoid. Put your effort there, rather than railing at me.
CowDung November 09, 2012 at 04:32 PM
One reason would be that cooperating with the President will just get us over the fiscal cliff and to our doom more rapidly. Even the Dems don't want to buy what Obama has been selling--they voted against Obama's budget proposals too.
Dave Koven November 09, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Cow Dung...At the very least, work with the Democrats to find a workable compromise. Being angry, at THIS time, is not going to be helpful for either party. SOME action is going to have to be taken. No one party is going to get their way 100%.
CowDung November 12, 2012 at 02:21 PM
How far below 100% have the Democrats been willing to come? The way I see it, both sides are trying to get what they want and neither are willing to compromise.


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