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Service Employee International Union District 1199 threatens legal action against Murray Energy, Romney Campaign

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The Service International Union District 1199 has threatened taking legal action against Murray Energy Corporation and The Romney Campaign.

This came after rumors spread that Murray Energy employees were allegedly forced to attend the Romney Rally and were not compensated for their time in August.

SEIU 1199 said they heard about these allegations through local talk radio and anonymous tips.

Tuesday on the steps of the Belmont County Courthouse the union announced they are taking the first steps toward legal action against the allegations.

Dianne Tarwog, a coordinator with the SEIU said they are doing what they can to protect the miners.

"There may have been some miners that supported him but there may have been some miners that did not as well and it should have been a choice whether they wanted to attend that rally or not," Twarog said.

Ryan Grace, communicator of SEIU, said they are wanting to get the word out that if miners decide to come forward or actually believe that their pay or their time was violated to come forward and they can make an anonymous call to a hotline that has been provided.

The hotline set up is the "Justice for Murray Miners" hotline. They are urging anyone who feels they were effected to come forward. The number for that hotline is 866-923-7921.

In a press release in response to these threats of legal action, Murray Energy Corp. said they have not yet been contacted by the SEIU 1199 regarding the complaint, so any specifics cannot be addressed.

The press release also said, "Murray Energy will vigorously defend against these meritless threats and will continue to work to preserve and protect the jobs of its thirty four hundred employees against Mr. Obama's radical War on Coal."

SEIU has not confirmed any of the allegations but are asking them to be looked in to.