"you should know that when a front line “scumbag” manager is approached by higher-ups to “volunteer” it doesn’t always mean they are volunteering."
In the late '80's I was working for a casino downtown that took the United Way annual drive very seriously! Huge prizes were offered to those who would "volunteer" to have money taken out of every check.
A couple of weeks before the drive ended, every casino employee was called into the shift managers office in groups of six and advised that the donations weren't up to the goal that had been set and management would appreciate it if we would "volunteer" to contribute a little more. We were then handed new cards to fill out.
At the time, I strongly disliked our shift manager, but I actually felt sorry for him that day. We could all see in his eyes that he was asked to "volunteer" to do this and he was very uncomfortable doing it.