If  your company is warning you about your vote, you might want to pay attention. Recently a company in my home city’s suburb of Brown Deer, Rite Hite (yes that’s the name of the company) is warning it’s employees of their votes coming November 6th. Rite Hite is a company that is industrialized in manufacturing sales in dock levelers, industrial doors, safety barriers and many other industrial related products and services. The CEO of the company, Mike White sends a message featuring “personal consequences” if in the event President Obama is re-elected for a second term: 

Every Rite-Hite employee in America should understand the personal consequences to them of having our tax rates increase dramatically if President Obama is re-­‐elected, forcing taxpayers to fund President Obama’s future deficits and social programs (including Obamacare), which require bigger government.

Excuse me, what does Mike White mean of “personal consequences” if voting for President Obama? If you are company owner of any kind  ask yourself this question, do you send personal warnings to your employees about personal experiences about those who vote a certain way? If you do, you’re just a punk! No company of any kind should NEVER tell him or her who to vote for despite of their feelings towards an election season.

Does my church tell me that? NO!

Does the City of Milwaukee’ s Election Commission  My High School, College and University Alma Maters tell me whom to vote for? Excuse my french in the words of the late Whitney Houston (God rest her soul) HELL TO THE NO!

The owner of Rite Hite must be having that Romneyism/Romnesia sick disease in order to think that it would be the death of his company if Obama gets reelected. Technically, I’m calling it BS in terms of being a scare tactic  Have I worked for Rite Hite? No. But after reading about these company CEO’s telling their employees who to vote for  in terms of saving their little hides, I’m taking a pass. Knowingly to me, I’m not passing my resumes to this company. Don’t expect me to pass my LinkedIn stuff to them either. It;s my right to choose where I want to work. I’m not saying to be polarized or whatever. But in essence of this, it should matter.

According to the Wisconsin Statue 12.o7 in regarding Politics and Jobs (and this really should be stamped in everyone’s business minds in Wisconsin!) :

12.07  Election restrictions on employers.

(1) No person may refuse an employee the privilege of time off for voting under s. 6.76 or subject an employee to a penalty therefor.
(2) No employer may refuse to allow an employee to serve as an election official under s. 7.30 or make any threats or offer any inducements of any kind to the employee for the purpose of preventing the employee from so serving.
(3) No employer or agent of an employer may distribute to any employee printed matter containing any threat, notice or information that if a particular ticket of a political party or organization or candidate is elected or any referendum question is adopted or rejected, work in the employer’s place or establishment will cease, in whole or in part, or the place or establishment will be closed, or the salaries or wages of the employees will be reduced, or other threats intended to influence the political opinions or actions of the employees.
(4) No person may, directly or indirectly, cause any person to make a contribution or provide any service or other thing of value to or for the benefit of a candidate, political party or registrant under s. 11.05, with the purpose of influencing the election or nomination of a candidate to national, state or local office or the passage or defeat of a referendum by means of the denial or the threat of denial of any employment, position, work or promotion, or any compensation or other benefit of such employment, position or work, or by means of discharge, demotion or disciplinary action or the threat to impose a discharge, demotion or disciplinary action. This subsection does not apply to employment by a candidate, political party or other registrant under s. 11.05 in connection with a campaign or political party activities.
So there you have it. All of those companies and owners better be aware that stuff like this is illegal. And every employee should and is given a right to vote for a candidate of their choice no matter what. Take notes, Rite Hite! You’ve been called out to be accountable!
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