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Shell tells union workers to attend Trump event or lose out on wages: Reports

President Donald Trump speaks to 5000 contractors at the Shell Chemicals Petrochemical Complex on August 13
President Trump speaks to 5,000 contractors at the Shell Chemicals Petrochemical Complex in Monaca, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Union workers at Royal Dutch Shell's Pennsylvania petrochemical plant were given the option of attending President Trump's address there this week or miss out on wages, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported Saturday.

Details: A contractor relayed to employees that Shell sent union leaders a memo the day before Trump's visit Tuesday to the $6 billion construction site that attendance wasn't mandatory, but "only those who showed up at 7 a.m., scanned their ID cards, and prepared to stand for hours — through lunch but without lunch — would be paid," according to the news outlet.

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Investor pressure is driving climate action at fossil fuel companies

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