CEO Puts Company at Risk Over Election

Do you find it offensive that a boss tells their employees what to do with their personal lives?

Do you find it offensive that a boss tells their employees what to do with their personal lives?

ASG Software is a company suckling at the Taxpayer's you know what... Check out their website as they are part of the GSA. http://www.asg.com/Solutions/Federal.aspx

I guess, the CEO hasn't gotten enough business from this administration and it appears he wants to fire his employees if President Obama is re-elected. Arthur Allen Email: CEO Of ASG Software Solutions Asks Workers To Vote For Mitt Romney

I especially love this quote from his email to his employees.

"When we buy a company, we eliminate about 60 percent of the salaries of the employees of that company."

With a threat like this - yes I consider the entire email a threat - he is compromising the quality of service the company provides. If you are working for this guy, how does it make you feel that you will be compromised because of your vote? Do like having your arm twisted?

If you are doing business with this company, think about how rational it is to do business with this firm. He will take that really good employee contact or relationship you have built with his company and put it at risk. Do you like dealing with cranky employees? Do you even know if this employee will be there after the election?

He obviously has too much business on his hands if he can afford to indirectly tell his customers what to do? If you are putting YOUR business in this guy's hands. Is it legit to ask how slippery his hands are?

Will he treat YOU differently as a customer if you don't tow the Romney Line?

He is free to fire his people. But the market place is free to avoid goof-balls like this.

And YES - this is a blog post that becomes a blatant ad!!!  (Sorry to impose that free market stuff.)

I will be happy to talk to customers who are using ASG Services to allay your fears about stability.

Come talk to Find A Nerd Computer Services. I am a nice guy, a one man operation. I am happy to serve anyone of any political persuasion. Yes, I can talk to Republicans!

Call me at 610-322-2344 or email me JoeTheNerd@FindANerd.com

Let me help re-think your strategy to keep you away from unstable businesspeople.

Money isn't Red or Blue.

Money is GREEN.

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Antoinette Iannacco October 15, 2012 at 02:55 PM
??????? CEO'S think they rule the world!!! Money talks and the little guys suffer. No different than the Mormon Church!!!! The more I find out about people like this, the more I see we need to stop the rich from controlling us!!!!! I see it as a form of slavery, keeping us in our place!! With no hope of bettering the lives of our children or grandchildren. Now they are bragging about it too!!!!
Mike Shortall Sr October 16, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Is there a law against this? And what is the implied message when unions openly campaign, organize, and demonstrate for one political party over another? I doubt any of the employees of ASG Software would have any legal remedies unless they can PROVE they were terminated or otherwise affected by the way they actually vote. This gentleman's is well within his 1st Amendment rights by expressing his opinion. There is no way for him to KNOW how his employees actually vote, so what exactly is the problem? His views of the election result may very well be right on the mark, insofar as future employment is concerned. The key question is, if he cannot TELL how you voted, how is his message threatening to an individual employee??
Joe The Nerd Ferraro October 16, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Mike - I really don't care if this one is legal or not. I am making strictly a free market argument against this clod. He can say whatever he wants. He can easily be painted as Ebenezer Scrooge, Would you want to work for this guy? Seriously? I want him using his First Amendment - I want him to yell this as loud as possible. He can mistreat his employees all he wants - it makes it that much easier to take his clients away.
Mike Shortall Sr October 16, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Well then, good luck with that. I probably wouldn't mind working for him. Then again we think alike. How does one "mistreat his employees" by simply expressing an opinion? Does the same thing apply to unions who also imply that voting a certain way - or not voting that way - will affect the member's ability to work, earn, or accumulate benefits?
Joe The Nerd Ferraro October 16, 2012 at 02:39 AM
did you read his entire letter? i look at this as strong arm tactics - that is why this is a story in the first place. you should not have to pass a political litmus test to go to work.
Mike Shortall Sr October 16, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Wait ... I thought this was just a "free market exercise"?!? Yes, he's very blunt about what he sees as the future of his company and its employees if President Obama is re-elected. But that stops no one from voting according to their conscious, and there is absolutely no way that Mr. Scrooge could find out how anyone votes. It's a silly thing to get your undies twisted over. Even if every ASG employee votes Republican, it assures nothing. And if the result isn't to his liking - business wise - so what if Mr. Scrooge decides to give away his company's independence? He's perfectly within his rights. What exactly is the alternative you think should be enforced? Again, no laws were broken. Care to take a whack at my question about unions doing essentially the same thing (only they don't bother asking their members - WHO THEY WORK FOR - what political direction they should take)?
Joe The Nerd Ferraro October 16, 2012 at 03:12 AM
i am not saying any laws are being broken here. i am turning your union argument around on you. I want to expose this guy the same way you are 'exposing' unions...
Mike Shortall Sr October 16, 2012 at 03:31 AM
I thought I was the one doing the turning, but whatever. I still do not see a reason for all the overdramatic hand-wringing.
Joe The Nerd Ferraro October 16, 2012 at 03:47 AM
i don't think it is over dramatic - but if people want this stuff to stop - one way is for this guy to lose market share.
Warren Jacobs October 16, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Joe: I did read the whole letter, and I do get it. I may be a registered republican but I am still capable of rational thought sometimes!
John Q. Public October 16, 2012 at 01:56 PM
CEO is merely predicting the continued, negative impact on business if BHO is re-elected. Polls suggest many CEO's share that concern. My family member works for a CEO who supports BHO, and is not shy about encouraging his employees to wear BHO attire to work. While the media will report on the former and ignore the latter, neither is a big deal.
Mike Shortall Sr October 16, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Well John Q. we all know that's just perfectly fine! It's also something you would NEVER find reported in 90% of the media. On the other hand, there's really nothing wrong with it, as is the case here with one man's view of a potentially harsh reality.
Mike October 16, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Sounds like public union thuggery to me! Two wrongs don't make a right though. This is what happens when companies or organizations get addicted to government money.
Carlito Sands October 17, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Hey Mike, Remember the first day of high school and everyone was in the hallways and you could read everyones body language? You already knew who to hang out with and who you wouldn't get along with. Same senario when people go to jail. So my point is that that same feeling can be felt in the workplace and that CEO is creating that bad energy. Yes he might not know who votes for who, but people hear things in the office and that can affect anyone at work.
Tom Bartman October 18, 2012 at 02:19 AM
How does he know who you vote for? Besides, he is not alone. He runs a business. 55 percent of small business owners would not start company today, blame Obama -- http://washingtonexaminer.com/55-percent-of-small-business-owners-would-not-start-company-today-blame-obama/article/2509069#.UGMlxI1lQ18
Carlito Sands October 18, 2012 at 02:26 AM
If Romney was president he would kill small business with his larger billionaire friends. They would suck everyone dry and keep more money now since they get tax breaks. That means they can buy not one but two Ferraris at the dealership and can afford to fire people in the middle class.
Herman G, Morgan III October 19, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Mike, Although it's true that "they don't bother asking their members - WHO THEY WORK FOR - what political direction they should take)?", it's also a fact that Most Union members are Democrats anyway, because they Know which Party has traditionally "had their Back", and which Party is always putting knives in their Back. If this jerk was to do the Fair thing, he would have offered to resign if Obama won, not threaten his employees with Job loss if the "Always lyin' Romney & Ryan Team" lost the election. I think You are being intentionally obtuse in saying that you don't understand why Joe thinks this is a story ! I think the need to expose this type of coercion is obvious.


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