MSNBC’s “UP with Chris Hayes” reported today that a second CEO, Arthur Allen of ASG Software Solutions, is threatening to fire employees if Obama is reelected.
Here’s the video:
Hayes reports that Allen also sent out an email to his employees saying they’d “only have themselves to blame” if they lose their jobs if Obama wins. The email goes on to say:
“Many of you have been with ASG for over 5, 10, 15, and even 20 years. As you know, together, we have been able to keep ASG an independent company while still growing our revenues and customers. But I can tell you, if the US re-elects President Obama, our chances of staying independent are slim to none. I am already heavily involved in considering options that make our independence go away, and with that all of our lives would change forever. I believe that a new President and administration would give US citizens and the world the renewed confidence and optimism we all need to get the global economies started again, and give ASG a chance to stay independent. If we fail as a nation to make the right choice on November 6th, and we lose our independence as a company, I don’t want to hear any complaints regarding the fallout that will most likely come. [...]
I am asking you to give us one more chance to stay independent by voting in a new President and administration on November 6th. Even then, we still might not be able to remain independent, but it will at least give us a chance. If we don’t, that chance goes away.”
It is a veiled threat. The suggestion is that if Romney is elected, the company will continue to thrive and everyone will prosper (even though he gives himself an out in that last paragraph by admitting that a Romney-Ryan ticket could fail to fix the economy). If Obama wins, the country and ASG will surely fail. But we all know what Allen is doing. He is pushing employees to vote Republican. He is being a bully. Thankfully, voting booths are private, but it’s clear that people want to keep their jobs and it’s very possible that bullying tactics will work.
Last week, we heard about CEO billionaire David Siegel, who runs a timeshare corporation (Westgate Resorts). He threatened to fire his employees if Obama wins a second term. He stated in an email that it isn’t the economy that poses a threat to employment; the threat is if Obama is reelected.
We have a little over three weeks before we cast our votes. We can choose to let the bullies win and we will all face the dire consequences of a Romney-Ryan administration. Or we can be the courageous Americans who think for ourselves and cast the vote we believe is the best choice for the country—not what an employer dictates!
Kimberley A. Johnson is the author of The Virgin Diaries and The Spokeswoman for Rock The Slut Vote, an organization standing up and fighting the war on women. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and “like” the Rock The Slut Vote Facebook page