Monday, October 27, 2008

Integrity at an Indiana call center

By Michael J.W. Stickings

From TPM's Greg Sargent:

Some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama, according to two workers at the center and one of their parents.

Nina Williams, a stay-at-home mom in Lake County, Indiana, tells us that her daughter recently called her from her job at the center, upset that she had been asked to read a script attacking Obama for being "dangerously weak on crime," "coddling criminals," and for voting against "protecting children from danger."

Williams' daughter told her that up to 40 of her co-workers had refused to read the script, and had left the call center after supervisors told them that they would have to either read the call or leave, Williams says. The call center is called Americall, and it's located in Hobart, IN.

"They walked out," Williams says of her daughter and her co-workers, adding that they weren't fired but willingly sacrificed pay rather than read the lines. "They were told [by supervisors], 'If you all leave, you're not gonna get paid for the rest of the day.'"

Those 40 people or so deserve our admiration and applause. They knew a vicious, dirty smear when they read it, and were told to repeat it, and gave up some of their pay, at what is surely low-paying work, every last hard-earned cent of which is no doubt important to them.

They didn't have to do it, and it was not without risk, but they took a firm stand for decency and for their own integrity. Good for them.

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  • My hat is off to you all, SDEE from Detroit, MI

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:46 AM  

  • The RNC would have had a much better success if they had their hard-core volunteers do this calling, rather than outsourcing the despicable act to a call center and having hard-working folks sell their souls in peddling something that they dont believe in. It takes guts to stand up to one's convictions, and I truly admire their courage.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:28 AM  

  • God Bless These Real Americans!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:32 PM  

  • McCain doesn't seem to believe he can win this election fairly, by building himself up, so it figures that supporters of his would try to slam Obama, just like he likes to do. Maybe he's forgotten how to run a good campaign, he does seem to show signs of short term memory loss. Obama on the other hand, doesn't waste valuable time before the election trying to smear his competition. If people took more time to research Obama, they would realize the wonderful opprotunity for a great president. Obama cares very deeply about children and the poor. He has worked very hard to improve living conditions for residents of crime plagued neighborhoods. Just read about him and you'll see what a great president he would be! And it's not about race either because I'm about as white as they come and I can see through the republican's lies. Hey, wanna laugh? Research Palin and see what you find. Who in their right mind would want someone like her walking around the White House? Someone will get on her bad side then she will use her political power to try to DESTROY their life. Just ask her ex brother-in-law. She doesn't need a vote, she needs a prescription. Or several. I have great praise for the people that sacrificed their day's pay in order to not spread lies. It's encouraging to see that their are lots of good people left in this self-centered world we live in today. People with moral standards. Best wishes to you all, I have the greatest respect for you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:56 PM  

  • Congratulations to these people for standing up for what is right!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:03 PM  

  • what these people did was good and heroic, let's hope the peeps at the obama camp will recognize this and either compensate these folks or provide them jobs for the ones they just lost ..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:27 PM  

  • By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:07 AM  

  • Yeah! I agree with you there, "They didn't have to do it, and it was not without risk, but they took a firm stand for decency and for their own integrity. Good for them." well said. Thanks for sharing this post. Looking forward for your next one.


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