By Kemberlee Kaye


The small state of New Jersey recently decimated by hurricane Sandy suffered yet another blow. But it wasn’t an act of God this time, no, the culprit is the atrocity some call “labour unions.”  A news station in Alabama is reporting that non-union utility crews were turned away upon arriving in New Jersey:

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NEW JERSEY (WAFF) –

The hurricane-ravaged east coast has been receiving north Alabama help, but crews from Huntsville Utilities learned they’ll be doing work in Long Island, New York instead of in New Jersey.

Crews from Huntsville, as well as Decatur Utilities and Joe Wheeler out of Trinity headed up there this week, but Derrick Moore, one of the Decatur workers, said they were told by crews in New Jersey that they can’t do any work there since they’re not union employees.

The crews that are in Roanoke, Virginia say they are just watching and waiting even though they originally received a call asking for help from Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

The crews were told to stand down. In fact, Moore said the crew from Trinity is already headed back home.

Understandably, Moore said they’re frustrated being told “thanks, but no thanks.”

At least Huntsville has now found someone who wants their help.

 

And the news report:

The only thing standing between the millions without power and their ability to get back to life as usual are unions. Blood.Boiling.

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  • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

    OH MY Lord, I can’t repeat the string of adjectives that just came out of my mouth!!!! These evil, immoral, heartless, pathetic, greedy sobs absolutely pi$$ me off!!! If I was there, I’d give them something to think about… ba$tards. Sorry.

    • MaxineCA

      Yep…… my initial reaction as well. I don’t have enough characters on my keyboard to hide my words! Let’s just say, they weren’t very lady like!!!!!!

      • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

        I hate the way stuff lately is getting under my feathers. :-(

        • PJRodman

          Cuss Jar…have some bacon

          • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

            mmmm. That’s better.

          • http://www.blrag.com/ skinnydipinacid

            If we’re starting a cuss jar over this story I’m going to have to run to the bank and get a small business loan.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Nopirate1 Bryan Keller

      Calm your a$$ down. I’ve got a friend who’s hubby, as a line man from Upstate SC has been cross-training with Union workers in New England prior to this. He and the company who sent him, realized their guys needed additional training. From the wife’ perspective, her husband has found the whole experience eye-opening, like re-thinking the whole way of doing the job for the BETTER!. Like I said, he and some co-workers were already up there SO he was one of the first responders to this crisis and WELCOMED on the job by the Union Guys..

      • Nukeman60

        OMG. And one time, at band camp, I knew a guy who’s friend had a brother who married into a family that lived next door to a woman who worked with a Union guy and…. I forgot what I was going to say. Hmmm…

        I’ll get back to ya.

        • white531

          :)

        • joyfulgiver

          Sorry but we watched whole communities burn in So California in 2007 because one “Union” fire departments didn’t think the “Military” fire departments were qualified to fight the fires.

          There comes a time when Government needs to put their foot down and say enough is enough, let’s get lives back to normal and worry about the details later. Don’t tell fully capable men and women that they aren’t qualified (you aren’t in a union) to do the work and send them home.

          Why is it that these NON union workers are doing a good job for their own NON union communities but when they go into a union territory, “they aren’t qualified”. That’s BS.

          • MLCBLOG

            PS – I thought the president was cutting through the RED TAPE on this one?!? FAIL

            I know! Just where is POTUS?? oh, golfing, or in some swank get-away with his peeps?

            • Orangeone

              That’s why they want to show the marathon going on so Barky Boy can say the hurricane clean up is successful because of him!

          • Nukeman60

            I couldn’t agree more. (I hope you know that my comment was sarcasm, pure and simple).

        • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

          That’s the best kind of comment to wake up to!! :-D

      • Malkiel_kol_hakavod_la_el

        Non Union and or Co Ops Do it much BETTER then union companies – so I would have to totally disagree and I just did…. And hated every minute of my local 73 union and it’s dictates… So been there done that and we did not do anything better then other non union companies…. Except maybe get paid scale wages….

        • MLCBLOG

          Private enterprise rules!!

      • http://www.blrag.com/ skinnydipinacid

        So there’s nothing the non-union guys can help with?

        Rrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiigggghhhhttttt

        • http://www.facebook.com/steph.vt.9 Steph VT

          It’s simply a matter of making a statement of support of their “brotherhood” of Union workers. With Unions, that loyalty always trumps everything…even getting the power back on for people in a desperate situation. It’s a bit of a bully issue.

          • modette99

            That is true. I once went into a place asked about work the guy says NO he has nothing as a I turn to walk out he says “hey, you have a Union Card”…I turn and say “what”. He goes I have something if you have a union card. No I don’t “oh well”. Did not even say have a nice day or anything. Not sure how union members get new members is they always turn down new blood. I would NEVER work for a union.

          • MLCBLOG

            Yes, it is definitely a bully issue, but not that simple. Commies rule the unions. Let’s just say it.

            • white531

              Unions, have in fact, become a form of Communism.

        • Orangeone

          They should take out an ad that they were turned away by the union and the # for customers to call to convey their displeasure. Then they need to take to Twitter and tweet up a storm with the utility company’s #

      • MLCBLOG

        I always like a voice of sanity and calm. Thank you.

        I believe you, Bryan.

        • white531

          Saved by the bell!

        • Nukeman60

          But adult enough to admit it. Kudos.

    • Jazzee

      excellent post

    • proudhispanicconservative

      Well said my AmericanborninCanadafriend.

  • actionsspeaklouder

    Ok Christie – what do you have to say about this? Help is help – is it not?

    • Linky1

      So much for Fatboy Christie’s war on unions.

      • actionsspeaklouder

        I guess he really cares more about where his bread is buttered, and by whom.

        • Linky1

          There’s been lots of bread buttered and palms that have been greased. After all, it IS New Jersey.

        • TJinNJ

          Mostly by Islamists just like the rest of the RINOs and Demonic-Rats…Not sure there’s Halal bread though…but Tyson sells Halal chicken…

      • Jazzee

        yepper just like RAHM….he is asking union members to support some obama PAC

      • http://www.facebook.com/Nopirate1 Bryan Keller

        Yea, you hate those union guys until you NEED their expertise in saving your a$$!!..Working with IATSE (Stage workers union) guys I learned more in 5 shows than I did for 5 years PRIOR working non-union houses!. ESPECIALLY in the areas of safety and rigging. All unions are not the pre-2008 UAW stereotypes at GM!. They’re proud of their work and you can count on them to do the job and DO IT RIGHT (unlike Bubba down the block who thinks he can).

        • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

          I work in the trades, and I know what the difference between the union workers and the non-union workers is. The union workers sit on their duff, out of work for half the year because they can’t bid competitively. The union workers have rules and regulations that keep bad employees working. The union workers are abandoning the unions for non-union work just to get a pay check. The union workers cause projects to take much longer because of their rules on the job. The union workers don’t have any more knowledge or skill, because the trades are still regulated by the state, and require continuing education, and licensing.

          One thing that comes out in your post quite clearly, and I have noticed in the trades about union workers, is that they think that their crap don’t stink. Their heads are usually so big that they can’t get into tight spaces to do the work.

          • Nukeman60

            Their heads are usually so big that they can’t get into tight spaces to do the work.‘ – l

            Nice one. I like that.

          • http://www.facebook.com/steph.vt.9 Steph VT

            Well said. Your statement, “The union workers have rules and regulations that keep bad employees working” is so true. The sad part is that the horrible, lazy employee who is a member of a union gets the same support from his union leadership as the exemplary, hard-working employee who is a member of that same union. But the employee who falls into the latter category is likely the type of person who derives satisfaction from doing his job well because he has integrity. And if he files a grievance it will be for a legitimate reason.

            • MLCBLOG

              That’s right. Penalize success. Protect the ne’er-do-wells. Commie thinking and practices.

            • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

              I’ve heard stories about guys in the lumber mill who will screw up big time, but not get fired because they have six write ups before they can get fired. The mill is a dangerous place, and stupidity is very hazardous.

          • modette99

            Yep, my one uncle worked for Ford at the Lincoln plant in Wixom, MI. He has always been Union…but also makes fun of them. The stories he would tell were nuts. One guy took a new Lincoln and drove it into the wall of the building because he was drunk and a known drunk. In any real career your employer would fire you…nope not in a Union setting he got paid to attend AA meetings for weeks on end because the UNION said Ford had to do that. Totally ridiculous.

            Maybe there are good unions, I doubt it. I’ve seen Union shops and non-union. The non-union shops tend to be more productive and more friendly. Union shops tend to be uptight.

            This is not the 1800’s where people get mistreated. If you are mistreated sue them, or quit your job.

        • Linky1

          “?Yea, you hate those union guys until you NEED their expertise in saving your a$$!!”

          Bryan-Don’t know where you saw the word “hate” in my post – seems that anyone who does not see your side of the story is a knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing anti-union yahoo, judging from your other tirades on this thread.

          If you would bother to take your union-made blinders off, you may just see that the people in New Jersey need all the help they can get and whether it is union or non-union, as long as the power goes back on, they don’t really care who helps to do that.

          BTW, I am a non-union employee and darned proud of it. I have worked in union shops and for what I paid in dues, I got nothing in return.

          Unions had their place back when they were needed to ensure safe working conditions but today is a different story. SEIU thugs like Richard Trumka and Andy Stern live large off of the backs of their union members who for the most part, are hard working middle class people who don’t want the socialism BS that these leaders are throwing about.

          Please be respectful to all of us here and leave the “Bubba” references at the door. That’s an insult to all of us and frankly, stereotypes you as one of those “UAW GM Stereotypes” you are trying to dispel.

          • http://www.facebook.com/steph.vt.9 Steph VT

            Good post. Any union would be happy to have someone like Bryan in its ranks. He will tow the line well.

        • texabama

          These guys are from my “neck of the woods”. All I can say is that they have real world experience in recovery work since they had to deal with the tornado damage last year that almost destroyed our state. These guys were top notch and made sure that those areas with the greatest necessity (hospitals, large population areas, etc.) were brought up first and then others. We had places where they had to put up miles of new utility poles. Oh and by-the-way, Huntsville, AL is hardly “Bubbaville”. This is the home of the Marshall Space Center (NASA) and has the second largest research park in the U.S. We have one of the highest concentrations of highly educated people in the U.S., especially engineers.

          • Nukeman60

            I’m thinking he exemplifies why that entire NorthEastern corner of our country votes blue every election. I have so much more respect for MiketheMarine (in Ma) and all our other contributors who live among them.

          • TJinNJ

            I think it’s called common sense but go ahead and sensationalize if you want. Listen, I don’t know how anyone doesn’t “bust” their butt these days and keep a job. But leave it to unions to break all capitalistic models…Try working in sectors that have ZERO job security and more over those companies look to “transfer” employment to slave labor (aka offshoring) causing you to get the can all the while you were busting your butt.
            Could someone explain why it costs 8 times as much to pave a road in NJ as it does in SC or some other “right ot work” state? I guess it’s ok for taxpayer’s to get fleeced.

        • kohsamui2001

          Thank you for your comment. My husband is part of IATSE…and I know he works his A$$ off…and takes pride in what he does. However…I’m a little torn with the fact that workers were there to help, and were turned away.

          • white531

            I’m a little torn, with the fact that unions exist in the first place. Because they aren’t necessary, in the current workplace environment.

            • actionsspeaklouder

              Precisely. They have overstayed their welcome. They no longer stand for what their original intent was – decent working conditions, decent pay, working hours, breaks, etc. When the unions were taken over by the mob – their basic philosophies changed. Their overreach of purpose (and power) has made them corrupt. We now have labor laws that provide what the unions used to.

        • MLCBLOG

          This is most unusual among unions. I do know that the union painters who climbed high were generally safer but I think it is because the were the old-timers more than their union. I think it is experience and yes, brotherhood (which CAN happen outside of a union, especially when building something together) that give the safety edge along with a willingness to pass it to the younger people.

        • white531

          Actually, not true. At one time, I owned a small construction firm in California, doing mostly repairs and fix-ups for the Real Estate industry.
          Non Union, of course. I can’t count the times I was called to go in and clean up a mess made, by so-called Union contractors.

          It happened so often, it was a joke, with my crew.

      • MLCBLOG

        My thoughts exactly.

      • white531

        Christie came onto the political scene, like a breath of fresh air.
        These days, he’s more like stale bread.

        • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

          A lot of people were jumping on that band wagon. “Christie for president” was said often. I wasn’t inflicted with that problem, but that is because I don’t trust any of them. I am susceptible to getting excited when a politician actually does something good, but that is because it happens so seldom.

          • actionsspeaklouder

            I was one of those who jumped on. I’ve jumped off. I’ve “evolved”.

            • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

              After 22 years of watching politicians lie to us and screw us over, I just don’t pay attention to what they say anymore. That is why I can’t get excited about Romney, at all. I hate having to be the lone pessimist, but someone has to do it. :)

              • actionsspeaklouder

                And that’s just what the politicians want you to do. They want us to get so exasperated with them that we just throw up our hands and let them do what they want. They forge ahead and lie, steal, and keep screwing us over BECAUSE THEY CAN. This whole movement by conservatives, Tea Party people is to STOP that behavior. No one thinks it’s going to stop over night, BUT, 2010 was a start and if we keep exposing the corrupt ones, and defeating them at the polls, we have made a difference. I know, and agree, that it’s bigger than we are, but we now have momentum with the Tea Party and all the awake conservatives that are 100% fed up with rotten politicians and the lies. There are more grass roots people than ever who are standing up and being counted. The odds against us are overwhelming, especially considering the corrupt media – BUT, we have made some headway and will continue to do so. I also get pessimistic and depressed – but, we CANNOT let these despicable, lying politicians and news media bully us down. Conservatives are notorious for backing down and not standing up, speaking out – can’t you see how much that has changed? We have people like Allen West, Trey Gowdy, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio – and, Mitt Romney. We will keep his feet to the fire – to hell with Harry Reid – he is just a little slimey worm that we need to squash. We can do it. Please don’t throw in the towel. Nothing really worth it is ever easy.

                • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

                  I appreciate your concern, but I don’t let my pessimism stop me. I vote. I spread the word. I even have bumper stickers that are politically offensive to many.

                  I tend to think pragmatically, and the conclusions that come out of the logic are usually not good. It is hard to be optimistic, when you forecast bad things.

                  I’m not out, and will not shut my mouth.

                • actionsspeaklouder

                  I wish I could “work with” my personal obstacles as well as you! We are all a work in progress. I like your candidness. And, NEVER, shut your mouth.

                • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

                  I’m not sure that it is possible for me to shut my mouth. :)

        • actionsspeaklouder

          Yep. More like a crap sandwich.

    • warpmine

      Don’t forget that crap that went down during the Deep Water Horizon oil spill cleanup. Stupid jackasses don’t want the help unless your union. This disaster is looked upon by those union workers as just another great way to make oodles and if yer not in then you can’t play. Screw’em

    • Orangeone

      Who said this was Christie’s fault?

      • actionsspeaklouder

        No one SAID it was Christie’s fault – my post asks what does Christie have to say about unions preventing other people from helping those in need? Is he ok that people went there to help and were turned away? If he knew they were coming to help – why didn’t he tell the union bosses to let them in? Like I said, help is HELP. These people needed help – they were going to get it from numerous sources, not just the unions, until the unions turned away good workers. If Christie condoned such behavior from the unions, then he is just another politician with an agenda and all the mugging he and Obama did for the cameras is just for show. Usually, those agendas don’t have too much to do with reality and everything to do with political gain. This was a DISASTER and turning away help from any source for people in need just for a political agenda, whether it be by politicians or unions, is an OUTRAGE.

        • Orangeone

          I get your outrage, I just think we need to be clear on where the authority lies rather than simply blame Christie.  I am in no means defending him but let’s inquire of him first.

          • actionsspeaklouder

            No one is blaming him and, unfortunately, no one is “inquiring of him” over this either.

        • white531

          Let me be plain. Obama promised to get rid of the red tape, and help the victims of this storm. Instead, he flies around the area for half and hour, gives Christie a political hug for the cameras, and is gone.

          Then, after Obama and Christie got rid of the red tape, the crews from our southern states were sent packing by the unions.

          Did I miss anything?

          • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

            You forgot to mention how Christie had to lavish Obama with praise, but that wasn’t really the context of your statement.

          • actionsspeaklouder

            Not a damn thing, sir.

  • http://navalwarfare.blogspot.com/ Libertyship46

    The only thing stronger than Hurrican Sandy are the labor unions in New Jersey. Pathetic, really. Just shows you which side the unions are on, and it’s certainly NOT on the side of the average citizen in need.

    • Jazzee

      the UNIONS don’t give a rat’s &&^^ about anyone other than themselves
      whether they are these guys or the teachers, cops, firemen it’s all about them them them wake up before they bankrupt us all

      • Orangeone

        Exactly. The union members and union administration are raking in overtime and the additional union fees. It’s all about control and money.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Nopirate1 Bryan Keller

      The union-trained power guys are skilled professionals who EARN their money!…BUT while you’re bashing organized labor, why don’t you sign a statement refusing overtime pay, minimum wage, OSHA, worker’s comp, and Labor Day..You obviously don’t need OR appreciate what Unions have done for YOU AND America!.

      AND I’m not even a member (yet) of a Union BUT I soon will be!.

      • MaxineCA

        We don’t talk like that in this community. Sorry, but there are excellent workers that are non-union who are just as well trained.

      • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

        We might not all agree with each other on this,but no personal attacks please. Refer to TRS rules of conduct.

        That said, there are millions of non union people who are hard working, skilled professionals who take pride in what they do.

        • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

          Thank you. I hope that I didn’t cross the line.

          • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

            Heck no, it was well said.

            • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

              This is just a touchy subject for me. While working around union guys, I have endured their sneers, and insults far too much. The thing is, they end up coming to me when they can’t figure something out. They act so high and mighty, when I could easily do their job, and they don’t have the first clue about my job. I am an HVACR guy, and mostly have to work around electricians who are union. I can size wire runs, run conduit, pull wire, install panels, etc., but when it comes to wiring controls and diagnosing problems, they have to call me when it is part of their contract to do it.

              Anyway, thanks for the sentiment.

              • Nukeman60

                There are good Union workers and bad Union workers. What I have experienced is the lesser qualified seem to be the bad ones, while the higher qualified end up being the good ones. The Union itself protects all mediocre workers (to keep the dues flowing) and it’s the Union leadership that makes a Union good or bad (eg, the public sector Unions).

                • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

                  Yeah, I have know a couple of good union guys. The unions just seem to breed a certain amount of arrogance. Of course, I am working with private sector union guys, so some of the other stuff doesn’t necessarily apply. Although, when it comes to government bids the unions get favored, which generally costs the public more money. I tend to think that the unions have out lived their usefulness. We have so many state and federal labor laws and trade regulations that they really are not needed any longer in the trades. I have seen business’ shut down because the employees went union. When your business has a tight profit margin, the unions can kill your business. At very least, they can slow or stop your growth factor.

                  For some reason, the good union guys didn’t seem to stay around as long as the others. From what I understand, the union structure causes a political environment where the worst personalities seem to thrive.

                • Nukeman60

                  When they were building the Nuke plant that I worked at, they had a phrase for the construction guys. It was “playing hide and seek for $1000 a week”. Pretty much walk around the plant, carrying a bucket of welding rods or a couple of pieces of insulation, until quiting time. Is it any wonder that it costs billions to build them any more?

                  I would take a HVAC man like yourself any day of the week over those guys.

                • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

                  Thanks. Another thing that I have noticed about unions is that they compartmentalize their workers. In Oregon, electricians and plumbers have to go through apprenticeship programs and jump through a lot of hoops. The HVACR trade does not. The interesting thing about it is that HVACR guys work with many more dangerous components than the other trades. We do plumbing and electrical on the equipment that we work on, and the supplies to them. We work on propane and natural gas systems, and can even run gas lines. We work on boiler systems, and refrigeration systems that run up to 550lbs of pressure. We work with high and low voltages. We work on steam boilers. We work on HVAC units that could suck a man into a blower and spit him out in multiple pieces. We weld our own equipment stands and mount units that weigh multiple tons on top of buildings. We pour concrete pads and footings.

                  When I install or replace a piece of equipment, I don’t call a welder, an electrician, a plumber, and a construction worker. I just do it.

                  I am glad that I chose this trade. The skill set is such that I have never hired anyone to do anything in my home.

                • http://www.facebook.com/steph.vt.9 Steph VT

                  It’s good to hear such pride in your voice for your profession. It sounds like I should encourage at least one of my sons to pursue the HVACR line of work. That could come in handy.

                • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

                  I hope that I didn’t sound cocky, I was just comparing trades. HVACR is a well rounded trade though. I would recommend getting into the commercial service end of the trade. It is not seasonal like the residential work is, and it involves a much wider variety of skills. I would also recommend avoiding getting stuck in installations when entering the field, because that is dependent on new construction and people being willing to spend money that they don’t necessarily have to.

                  90% is learned in the field, so don’t spend tons of money on a trade school. They need to have a good understanding of the physics, then the rest is on the job. The trick is knowing how to get information when needed. The technology changes, and there are many proprietary systems. It helps to be mechanically inclined. You also need to be good at considering several factors at once to determine how everything is working together, so that you can come to the right conclusions. Diagnostics is challenging sometimes, but fun.

                  I’m rambling. Good luck to your sons.

                • warpmine

                  Remember folks, the USSR was just like this, if you weren’t a party member you didn’t get the benefits which is similar to what you’ve got in this instance.

                • white531

                  That is the link I mentioned before, between Unions and Communism.

                • warpmine

                  Sure, the unions wee infiltrated by the communists who agitated for the benefit of power and cause. Safety and ridiculously long days were the reasons for representation then but now it seems only to get a financial concession from the employer. It’s time for them to go and go they must if we are to ever gain our self respect and fiscal house back in line with revenue and spending.

                  If unions are to remain with us then we need to limit them to safety issues rather than financial concession.

                • http://www.facebook.com/steph.vt.9 Steph VT

                  I was a union member for two years and could not wait to get out. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when I was harrassed for a third time by our shop steward for answering my telephone two minutes before starting time if I happened to be sitting at my desk early. She threatened that my boss was going to get in trouble if I continued to do that. This was the same person who spent ten minutes getting to the location of her ten minute breaks and ten more minutes getting back to her desk afterwards. I couldn’t stand working in an environment where my coworkers resented my doing a good job, even during regular work hours. Imagine that.

                • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

                  I remember seeing a report on TV years ago. It was about a company that had very few rules. The company didn’t care what people did, so long as they were productive. The environment was such that the employees would feel guilty if they screwed off too much. That is a good way to do it. Production via respect.

              • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

                I had my own experiences with them back home librtifriend. Like Nukefriend says, some are good, some are putz’s. I understand and your comment was an excellent one.

              • http://www.NavyGentleman.com/ Red47

                ..and they take forever to finish a simple task.

      • famouswolf

        Yeah, you are right, I definitely don’t appreciate what unions have ‘done for America’.

        I’m a big boy, and have always negotiated my own working conditions with my employers. As for the unions ‘being more professional’, please don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining. Just don’t go there.

        The only thing unions are good at is bellyaching and stealing peoples’ hard earned money.

        Is that enough union bashing, or should I continue and try to really describe how much I loathe unions and the sycophants and bullies that so love them?

        • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

          Unions are only needed when monopolies exist. The companies who have no competition can abuse their power. This describes government perfectly. The answer to this is not to have unions, but to get government out of having monopolies. Education is the best example I can think of.

          • famouswolf

            I’ll take your word for that.

            • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

              That is my Libertarian side coming out. :)

        • white531

          “please don’t pee on my leg, and tell me it’s raining.”

          Best line of the evening.

      • white531

        You’re not even a member yet, and you’re talking like this???
        I hate to see you, when you become a member. You’ll be in the upper echelons of Union management, in a heartbeat.

      • http://www.NavyGentleman.com/ Red47

        Are you suggesting that of all the people who work for the power companies all across America, the only ones who know how to do the job expertly are in a Union? Do you have any actual reason for saying this, or were you just kinda mad about the subject?

  • Marridge

    Where is our KILLER president?

    • Jazzee

      he’s busy…………….

      • Linky1

        in Vegas, then, Colorado, then Wisconsin, then, Ohio. Wonder if his bomber jacket was union-made?

    • aposematic

      Doing the only thing he knows how to do: Lie, lie, lie some more, fund raise, lie, lie, lie, lie some more, fund raise some more, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie some more, campaign, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie some more, etc, etc…

  • RosiesSeeingRed

    Absolutely DISGUSTING. There are people freezing here!

  • Marridge

    The locals in NJ need to take care of these union bastards once and for all.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Nopirate1 Bryan Keller

      No, those Union guys need to come South and help eradicate the Plantation Mentality over the workers here once and for all..

      • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

        We don’t need them down here.

        • famouswolf

          IMO, they are not needed anywhere.

          I cannot flippin’ believe this. If I weren’t so beat up, I’d go help, and no union ‘personnel’ would be stopping me.

      • famouswolf

        I’m in the north, but y’all come on ahead. I’d look forward to it.

  • http://twitter.com/DanaZZGarcia Dana Garcia

    Wait, didn’t King Barak the Great decree that “red tape” would be slashed to get everything fixed ASAP?

    • Jazzee

      exceptions for UNIONS like healthcare

    • http://www.facebook.com/Nopirate1 Bryan Keller

      You think Bishop Willard is the Savior then?. He by his own words would eliminate FEMA so there wouldn’t even be any sharing of the cost burdon across state lines to PAY for this clean-up. Everyone would be on their own until whenever!.

      GOD, I know I posted alot BUT you scabs are really pi$$in’ alot of us real workers off!. But then again, you probably work in a bank or some other non-productive job!

      “Can’t scare me..I’m stickin’ with the Union!”

      • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

        Can I vote for Bishop Willard? Who is he? Actually, I make the choice about where I live, and I don’t like paying for people who decide to live in high risk areas. So, yes, I do reject communism and socialism.

      • famouswolf

        Yeah, you talk real loud.

        And talk, and talk, and talk…

        Bishop Willard, huh? Hell of lot better than would be King Hussein.

        Oh, yes, you are the scab, projecting like all your sick in the head lefty kind. I’m betting you and a productive day of work have never gotten acquainted.

        • Nukeman60

          He’s already admitted that he is a Union wanna-be (not yet in the Union) and some of his previous posts on other sites show that he was a helper in a stage construction Union and a journalist major (not to mention, a hater of all things FOX), so I’m not sure what he knows about Electrical workers and our Unions, anyway.

          • MLCBLOG

            So…possibly a semi-clever troll.

            • Nukeman60

              I suspect he’s infatuated with Unions much like some people are infatuated with Obama. There’s a glimmer in their eyes, but an emptiness in their pocketbook.

      • texabama

        If this is the same FEMA that was handing out cards with their government website info that came here to Alabama I say “good riddance”. Meanwhile church groups brought in practical items such as tents, tarps, baby formula and diapers and grills and began feeding people. These same church groups went to people’s homes with chain saws and began clearing away the trees and other debris. The problem with FEMA is the “F” in the acronym.

        • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

          That’s the same FEMA that told rescue workers in New Orleans to stand down for several days while they took over, leaving people out there to die. Such was the case with a cop who wanted to go in and get his grandmother out of a nursing home, and she died.

          It’s also the FEMA which is 20 Billion dollars in the hole.

          Its also the same FEMA that stood down fire crews from saving people’s homes until they got there and told everyone what to do. (Texas, I think)

          The same FEMA rents land all over the country and then piles up massive amounts of coffins for use in a major pandemic.

          The same FEMA that ordered all of the FEMA trailers that were a total health hazard to those who occupied them, and then let most of them sit an rot.

          The same FEMA who builds large empty facilities with barbed wire facing in. (?)

          I know that there is more, but I am tired.

      • Boris_Badenoff

        Were you born stupid or did you work at it?

        Take your union line B.S. outta here. I’ve been a dues paying member for 20 years, heard it all, your nothing but a idiot.
        Vote that union line boy…. that’s what your boss man wants…
        Oh, only one more thing, keep the cash flowing their way…

        chump..

        • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

          Sorry Boris, I understand your annoyance, but I had to cut a few things out. Lets show these people we’re better than them by leaving out the personal attacks K? Thanks.

      • http://twitter.com/FoxiesDoxies Foxies Doxies

        Do you seriously talk this way to others? It’s so juvenile and self-discriminatory. In a post above this you stated that you aren’t in a union yet… So which is the truth? And where is FEMA? Or even the red cross? Seriously, they warned about this catastrophic event for days and warned the population and somehow they are not on scene and working. Their (brown) boots should’ve been on the ground right away with plans set and a work order ready. And now there are at least 2 huge jumbo generators set up for that marathon and yet down the street you have people who’ve been without anything since Monday night. So take your blowhard attitude and shove it nicely in whatever hole you aren’t currently using (perhaps one of the two between your ears or just… lean forward).

        PS – When you use one form of punctuation to end a sentence, you do not need to add another.

        • Boris_Badenoff

          Look at his own claim,

          Quote:
          “AND I’m not even a member (yet) of a Union BUT I soon will be!.”

          He’s a pathetic wannabe or a liar… He has bought into the union mindset. (he want’s that union paycheck and is willing to vote their way to get it.)
          The only thing they care about is the size of their NEXT paycheck. They would happily sell America down the tubes for 5% more. They look no farther than that. It’s not what all Americans need it is what THEY want. Will it make them More money. If it benefits them screw everyone else.
          My union posted a voting list of approved candidates. Every single one is a Democrat. Not one Independent or Republican.
          A Union is basically a socialist organization. Their political mission is nothing other than a money raising, vote gathering arm of the democrat party.

          I have lived with it for 20 years unlike our boy who I quote: “I’m not even a member yet”

          Union members who tow the union line are not supporters of America, They are like your typical one issue voter.. Their eyes are closed to the many issues facing America. It is all based on their Next paycheck.

          They have no problem voting for a Socialist as long as they are promised that next raise.

          • http://www.facebook.com/steph.vt.9 Steph VT

            If I could Love your post, I would. Well stated.

          • MLCBLOG

            Many times they plead ignorance. You know, I am just a blue-collar worker, didn’t go far in school. Spare me!!

      • gunclinger

        So, when you have a heart attack due to your ugly nature, will you ask the heart specialist if they are union before they save your worthless behind?

        I thought so…

      • MLCBLOG

        I was right. You used the word scab, so that means you think anyone who is not union is not worthy of getting out of bed in the morning, a most un-American attitude.

    • warpmine

      Ought to know by now all Barak, The Great statements come with a time limit similar to a tail light guarantee.

  • Nukeman60

    I worked in a Union for 20 years (IBEW). The Union leaders care little for the rank and file. They’ll tell us to hold out on negotiations because it’s not good enough, while the Union bosses live it up just like the fat cat management. It’s all about Union dues and not the betterment of the employees.

    And don’t even think of talking about non-Union. They could end up with cement overshoes, swimming with the fishes.

    As far as New Jersey goes, what happened to Christie saying politics be d@mned, he cares about the people? I guess it’s just as long as those people are Unionized.

    • Jazzee

      wow an honest union member
      I worked around a cop union for years….same thing there and they care less about the public/safety………..it’s all about them and another buck

      • Nukeman60

        When you work for a Nuclear Power Plant, you have no choice but to join the Union. The problem they have with forcing us to join is that we don’t all tow the Union line. Makes them rather irritated, but in my case, I was in a highly respected position with a Nuclear License issued by the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission). The IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) had little power to get rid of me and I exercised my voice frequently. It was a lot of fun.

        • Marridge

          unions in a nuclear power plant? That is a scary thought (no offense to you obviously). The union workers that i know are all dumber than a box of rocks and do as little as possible.

          • Nukeman60

            I worked for Exelon. Their linemen and transmission people were IBEW, so that’s what we were in, although we should have been in a Nuclear workers Union. There’s a difference between those that ran the reactors and those that worked in the general plant.

            We had a year long severe training program before obtaining our Licenses to operate reactors (not to mention my previous degree in Physics) and then every year we were required to continue our training to keep up our expertise. It was rather rigorous, but that’s what you should expect if you had to operate Nuclear reactors (we used to say it was 95% pure boredom alongside 5% sheer terror, but I loved the job).

            • famouswolf

              That’s what my father used to say. He worked at K25, the gaseous diffusion plant in Oak Ridge, TN, where they produced enriched uranium.

              • Nukeman60

                Ahhh, before the days of using centrifuges. How was the radiation protection there? Did he ever get dosed up?

                • famouswolf

                  Not to my knowledge.

                  His job position was ‘instrument mechanic’. He was responsible for calibrating and keeping the instrumentation in working order.

                  If you know how they did it back in those days, you’ll realize that there was a whole lot of ways for things to go south, maybe more than at the reactors. For one thing, the process involved flouride. I forget the full chemical name for the gas compound they used in the diffusion process, but it was a mixture of flouride and uranium. One of the most poisonous compounds known. I imagine there was some terror involved. Uranium hexaflouride? I just don’t remember. They used a flouride based acid to break the uranium down to a gas, and separated the U235 atoms through tubes. That’s probably innaccurate as the devil but you get the general idea.

                  It was heavily unionized (Union Carbide) but they couldn’t afford slackers in that particular job (my old man use to say very unflattering things about guys called ‘operators’, though). Much like the reactors. All I remember about that was that he didn’t like going to union meetings.

            • pdxlady

              So, that’s why you are nukeman! (60) :)

              • Nukeman60

                Yep. I’ve been outed. The 60 was my age when I made the userID.

                • pdxlady

                  You have been, Nuke my man! Happy to know a fellow Boomer, in my same age range! :D

                • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

                  That is cool to know.

            • white531

              I wondered where your handle came from. Now we know. Cool.

        • famouswolf

          That does sound like fun.

          Hope you gave them screaming fits.

          • Nukeman60

            Actually, Union leadership and management leadership alike didn’t care much for me, as I have a tendency to speak my mind and that was unacceptable to them both. But, yeah. It was fun. Running the Reactor cores wasn’t at all bad either.

      • Betsey_Ross

        Same with the teacher’s union. This also goes for the NEA who spent years and years trying to get teachers to join them instead of a union. They insisted that they were not a union for decades. The whole teacher’s union thing is geared around teachers not children or what is good for education. They also spent billions on donations to the Democrat Party.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Nopirate1 Bryan Keller

      You ain’t union and if you ever were, they probably kicked you out for being a slacker!. I’ve always been treated BETTER in union shops than in non-union..Ofcourse, there is bad leadership everywhere, that’s why you have elections.

      • Nukeman60

        Ahhh, a typical Union thug. Not very smart and full of hot air. Union management has always been corrupt. The AFL-CIO is about as mafia as you get. Public sector Unions are what are bringing down all the Municipalities.

        It’s the slackers that like it better in Union shops than non-Union because it’s so hard to get rid of them. You seem to have personal knowledge of that, it appears.

        But keep believing. It won’t be long before you’re whistling in the wind.

        • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

          I would have moderated that and a couple of his other comments too, but I’m enjoying watching him make a fool of himself, and you Nukefriend, are good at slap downs.

          • Nukeman60

            I try my best to abide by Scoop’s comments policy (as it’s a good one), but if one stays with the truth and sticks to the facts, it’s pretty straightforward. :)

          • famouswolf

            Mr. Keller is providing some much needed levity, I think.

          • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

            Did you write those posts under a different account, just to get the responses? :)

            • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

              LOL no way! I wouldn’tknow how to make that kind of stuff up! No, I moderated 2 of his comments. He was being even more rude and obnoxious than the stuff I kept up.

              • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

                Thanks for sparing us that other stuff.

                My mind has been trained to think about conspiracies, so don’t take it personal. :)

                • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

                  LOL no problem. Speaking of conspiracies, does this surprise us? NOT! I can see it spreading, and conveniently before Tuesday too…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_w-BMbQF3A&feature=share

                • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

                  I was going to wait before I put it all together, but based on what I have heard weather modification experts say, others who forecast a major event right before the elections several months ago, and based on their sources, I have been wondering if this was the event. I was starting to think that nothing was going to happen, but now……….not sure.

                  If this was engineered, it could be for various reasons. The most obvious being election related reasons. Even if it doesn’t have that effect, it could simply be for the purpose of preparing the public for the financial crash. They are already training the public to accept sexual groping in the airports. They have passed laws abolishing our first, fourth, fifth, and seventh amendments if we are deemed possible terrorists. There is no effective backlash, and they just keep doing more. In essence, this could be just another litmus test, and training ground exercise.

                  I will be watching to see if reports of gun confiscation start happening, such as they did after Catrina. The police were already breaking down doors due to the possibilitiy of someone being dead, or a pet being in the building. That may just be the beginning.It might be too early to go in full bore yet, because they usually wait a few days to let things get really bad, then they go in and take the guns. This is probably why they haven’t done much of anything to get people food. They want things to get worse.

                  Studies have been done that predict/prove human behavior when people don’t have food. After three days, things start getting bad. After seven days………………..not good. Cannibalism starts at seven to ten days. I’m not saying that this will happen here, just that waiting for a worse situation gives them justification to use force in ways that would not normally be accepted.

                  Reports of really bad behavior generally come from alternative sources. Sometimes it takes time for them to surface. The media usually ignores it.

                  I have heard the testimony of many people who were in New Orleans after Catrina. One guy was a volunteer that went in with a mixed group of volunteers from law enforcement outside of the area. His testimony was chilling. He spoke of rape, murder, theft, you name it. He was in contact with guardsmen as well, and he said that he could not stay with them for all that they were doing.

                  When people with the authority to use force go into an area that is devastated, and they have no accountability, they can do real harm to people. This isn’t everyone, of course, but it happens a lot, and nobody is prosecuted for it, because it will not get reported.

                  Satan is doing his job in this world, that is one thing that we can be sure of.

                • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

                  The thing that really bothered me about the Catrina incident was that they were going house to house, handcuffing residents, searching their homes, and taking their guns. There were many who were high and dry, had food and water, and were just waiting it out. It didn’t matter. They got hit anyway.

                • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

                  The main thing that got me from your comment was, “This is probably why they haven’t done much of anything to get people food. They want things to get worse.”
                  I’ve been thinking the same thing. Now, I know there was warning before the storm, but people I think, even down here, don’t understand how bad storms can be. You’d think folks would have learned aftr Katrina hit. But then again, even though it was before my time, I know some florida crackers who lived through Hurricane Donna. People didn’t learn after that one either. I think the government takes advantage of that, and especially now with dear leader, it really wouldn’t surprise me for them to totally use every possible thing they can think of to start riots, and impliment martial law, where yes, people will be “ratted” out about firearms. Just my own guesses, but after seeing what they did in N.O, they even tried to get the pastors to persuade parishoners to give up their weapons. I just finally now had the courage to look at some of the photos of the devastation. Too many Charlie and Wilma flashbacks for me, but Lord, it’s heartbreaking!!
                  Thanks Librtifriend. I have to go to bed, am about to fall over. I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep well though.

                • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

                  Just think of the beginning of Christ’s 1000 year reign on earth. That should help.

                  Good night.

                • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

                  I long for it to happen soon! :-) Thank you librtifriend! Have a Blessed day.

      • famouswolf

        LOL You are a real charmer, aren’t you.

        So, do you look like Magilla Gorilla and drag your knuckles a lot?

        Well, at least you’re entertaining.

      • KenInMontana

        You’re nothing but a wannabe junior thug, the type that would talk a big show, but when the time came to put your cards on the table came, you’d wet yourself and run home crying for mommy. Now you’ve begun to bore the hell out of me, so I’m going to do the world a favor and flush you like the turd you are. Bye.

        • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

          If I could spell the sound of a toilet flushing, I would.

        • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

          Thanks for that Ken. I was editing some of his comments,but after he got a bit old.
          Nice to see you. Missed you.

      • Orangeone

        Perhaps you should chat with the unionized teachers that didn’t teach you proper English. “You ain’t union”…

    • http://www.facebook.com/steph.vt.9 Steph VT

      As another former IBEW “member”, I agree with you completely.

    • stage9

      So, organized slavery?

      • Orangeone

        Best comment of the day!

  • MaxineCA

    Who the hell told them to stand down? Was it a union thug, someone from the local power company, or a political hack? I would love to have more info get out to those suffering in NJ.

    Guys that I’ve known that work for utilities are a pretty sturdy bunch, if you get my drift. They would have said….. get the hell out of my way, I have my assignment. They would have made such a scene that the neighbors (all without power) would have all been out. But then again, maybe they were turned away if they had to check in first at the assigned utility company location.

    How freaking sad for those that are suffering. I wonder if whoever turned these folks away have power at their home????? Too bad those without power will probably never see this report.

    • Marridge

      Yes, let us get NAMES and post them right here!

  • proudhispanicconservative

    Where is a fat phony when you need one? Where is the supposedly great leader from New Jersey?

    • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

      I got major Charlie Crist flashbacks when I saw crispy with dear leader. It was disgusting.

      • proudhispanicconservative

        The first clue was his speech in the convention where he spent almost an hour telling America how great he is, but failed to mention his awful record and how unemployment in his state is above the national average and is 9.9%. He has not paid attention we conservatives do not forget and that image of him praising Obama will forever be engrained in our minds.
        We will never forget

        • Jazzee

          yep chrissy has blown it hasn’t he?????

          • actionsspeaklouder

            Big time.

          • proudhispanicconservative

            Yes Crispy has blown it, and he is done.

        • aposematic

          But the elite GOP leader(less)ship loves them those NE Crispy type RINOs…

        • Orangeone

          I would hire folks in a state other than NJ too if I had clients out there.

      • famouswolf

        Funny, I got major Laurel and Hardy flashbacks.

        • pdxlady

          Now, that made me laugh out loud! Laurel and Hardy, Perfect! :D

          • famouswolf

            Happy to make you laugh, ma’am.

            It just popped into my head this morning.

        • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

          lol!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1039184209 Tammy Lemmeinkya Farmer

    People in NJ victimized by the storm need to be pounding on Christie’s office door demanding that he do something about those workers being turned away.This is an absolute outrage. I really feel for the people of NYC and NJ-they have no leadership that cares about them.

    • http://www.facebook.com/steph.vt.9 Steph VT

      Their “leadership” has its priorities and getting their citizens’ power restored is NOT at the top of the list. Imagine the price they would pay down the line should they anger the beloved unions. It’s a good thing that politics has nothing to do with the recovery.

      • poljunkie

        Who said it doesn’t have to do with politics…Everything has some political ramifications- I dare say, The good people of NJ may not have power right now, but eventually they will hear that a power crew was turned away because the UNION said no to their help.

        Who will answer about that? At some point it wil have to- need to- be addressed.
        I realize NJ is not Wisconsin or even Ohio. Chris Christie is not Scott Walker or John Kashich, but when will a state say enough with the unions? It just takes one event to start something which starts momentum.

        • http://www.facebook.com/steph.vt.9 Steph VT

          poljunkie–I agree with you. My attempt at sarcasm regarding politics was too weak. I’ve edited my original post.

          • poljunkie

            Thanks for the clarification.

            It was no biggee-
            :-)

    • lanahi

      Who elected those leaders?

  • Jazzee

    where is big mouth obama now??????????? Oh yeah ‘we will be there for you’ LIES AGAIN I can’t take much more of this man

    • Orangeone

      Fundraising, campaigning and lying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Nopirate1 Bryan Keller

    The scabs from ‘Bama could’ve worked if they’d undergone the same Union-standard training the guys from my local co-op in Upstate SC just went thru. Our guys were IN New England learning the RIGHT WAY to do things when this disastor happened and according to the wife of one of those workers, her hubby was one of the first responders and WELCOMED as an equal!!

    • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

      Last warning. You are pro union,we get that. However, maybe things are done differently up north, but southern states have as much experience in the same work, and have more so when it comes to after hurricanes. Leave the personal attacks out of your comments. We have no problem with people disagreeing,but it can be done in a courteous way.

      • Orangeone

        Hey ScoopSis. I’m in a northern state and the troll is not behaving like a northerner, union or not. Our union power guys work their backsides off when a tornado blows through MN. If there is a delay in restoring, it is because of safety.

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

      Third world countries dictate and mandate everything. Sound familiar?

    • lanahi

      The people who do this job are skilled in doing it, whether union or non-union. The union just wants to protect their jobs, heck with the people who are suffering.

    • Psyphurr Lock

      Union workers ARE the scabs. More like blood suckers, hanging on and draining the life out of businesses. I would love to see a true national backlash against all unions. Times have changed…. time to take our country back!

    • aposematic

      Afraid those Southerners would show you Northerners up when it comes to real work.

      • Landscaper

        That prick is from South Carolina and if you read all of his comments, he is not in the IBEW yet……. I guess on their wait list ?

  • PJRodman

    Well, its apparent what pool the SEIU Occupiers were pulled from. Superior skills, almost laser-like focus…superior critical thinking. Its just easier to get some people to carry the big fist at a rally than others…for $11/hour.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

    I should have gone to bed before watching this. It will take an hour to get my heart rate down.

  • pdxlady

    I just tweeted the Governor @GovChristie and asked him what’s up w/ this? Whose side is he on anyway??? How can help be turned down?

    Starting to clearly look like he is looking out for his own political aspirations. Too bad…!

    • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

      Since crispy is going the same route as Charlie Crist did, he won’t have any political asperations come true. Crist is now a slip and fall lawyer for a pro union legal firm who donated to dear leader.

      • pdxlady

        Tee hee! That’s right! We’re takin’ no prisoners any longer…you’re either with us or you’re against us (Bush, right?).

        Our objectives are clear…we the people are mad as he11 and we’re watching you government bureaucrats. Remember…our elected officials work for us; this is OUR COUNTRY and we are taking it back!!!

        We are wide awake now, and our numbers are strong and resolute. We are Fired Up and FED UP with the status quo BS and with being lied to.

        We are going to work on getting all of the career politicians (the lifers) out of the House and Senate, and replace them with fresh conservative voices who speak for us.

        Boehner and McConnell, you are not our idea of leaders in our new majorities. We are looking for some true leaders that speak Truth to Power, and not just go along to get along in order to be accepted in the DC cocktail circuit.

        (Wow! didn’t mean that to be such a long rant! Whew! :D)

        • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

          Well done rant :-D

      • poljunkie

        If he ever decides to run for President he has lost our vote. I would work to make sure he didnt make it past the primary.—but we are not inclined to vote for him after providing Obama with a feel good photo op 5 days before a very close election.

        Yes I understand his state was impacted by the storm but so was NY, and Bloomberg didn’t have any problem saying no please dont visit.
        ( Bloomberg may have endorsed him today but no one ever thought Bloomberg would vote otherwise so in my view that was always a given. He just used the timing to piggy back on to the storm/ Christie’s cheerleading/and his pandering for self serving philanthropic causes related to Climate change- he even noted that in his endorsement.)

        • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

          Well said pol. I agree, except he lost my vote (well- you know what I mean) when he called us ignorant bigots when he appointed a mulsim judge to Jersey’s supreme court.

    • Samwise Gamgee the 3rd

      Yeah, I about hate Christie right now.

      But then I see the video of New Yorkers scrounging through dumpsters in a city of 8 million plus.

      I think about the woman I know who was without power today in NJ.

      I think Christie’s possibly playing a selfish angle and you can see my hypothesis here. I develop the idea further in the thread, as well as state that it’s just a non-trivial possibility, not a certainty.

      But at the end of the day, be that as it may, I wish him success in restoring his state and protecting lives.

  • http://twitter.com/BombsAndDollars Bombs And Dollars

    I guess unions think that if non-union people work there will be too much competition. After all, the unions already negotiated for union contracts and for laws that say non-union members can’t work, so if they let non-union members work, that will cause their wages to decline even after they already negotiated for those benefits.

    It would certainly make sense to lift those regulations in the case of a disaster, or to scrap those regulations period, and let consumers decide.

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

      John D. Rockefeller once said “competition is a sin”. He is one of the biggest thugs in the world.

  • Brian Carter

    Similar thing happened after Katrina, a Mexican emergency disaster response team with mobile kitchen enough to feed 4000 (IIRC) was prevented from helping because HHS or DAg said they hadn’t inspected them to ensure they met federal regulations?!?!?!?!?

    This was very early on after the disaster, and I am sure the people in the superdome would have preferred non-approved food from a non-inspected kitchen than to starve under the approved federal guidelines.

    Big government = starvation
    Big unions = no electricity

  • Samwise Gamgee the 3rd

    Good. F—ing. God.

    I am a long way away from NJ, but one of the few people I love, a woman, is there, fortunately safe but without power much of the time.

    Food supplies are running low in part of the east. Transportation is a mess. Who knows what this will do to disease rates and the like.

    And they are stopping non-union crews?

    Frankly, the people stopping help from getting in should be shot.

    But that won’t happen (and I suppose even union workers will fix things now and again), so they should be shamed 800 ways from Sunday, and threatened with prison sentences for interfering should this go on.

    People have a right to go about their business — including restoring power, rebuilding the east, and saving and protecting lives.

  • poljunkie

    I mean how insane – I guess the Union steward doesn’t want to take any chances that an employee- or patron might get some ideas that work can get accomplished without the union label.

    They’ll just keep them in the dark and in the cold for a few more days. Dont want to have to pay the union guys over time..so if it takes a little longer…

    Wow.

  • http://twitter.com/TootlessWonderS TootlessWonderS OtW

    I sure as hell HOPE This NATURAL DISASTER is enough to Open the Eyes of Every Single Human Being to the FACT that UNIONS Have NO PLACE in A Democratic Society,Governments Have A Human Rights Code NOW to Set Workplace Guidelines & Labour Boards to enforce those ETHICS …ONE or the Other is a Drain on Society & it seems to Me UNIONS Siphon Their Paychecks Right of the Top of The WORKERS Paycheck & NOW YOU SEE exactly How little they Really Could Care Less About HUMAN LIVES muchless their so called Members….Outlaw them & Then Tax All the Places of Worship, WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

  • famouswolf

    Washington state is very liberal, at least the northwestern part, and I don’t remember the local pols or unions turning down outside help of any sort during our windstorm or forest fire travails, which have sometimes gotten pretty serious.

    I am just floored by this.

  • poljunkie

    This is horrible that people are cold, wet, hungry and in the dark.

    What happened to quick response and easy access? As far as the rest of the country knows, except people like RScoopers everything is being fixed soooo fast because Obama went on a tour with Christie.

    Our local (liberal) paper just today–saw it in the paper stand— Was on Obamas quick response and BIPARTISAN reach. (I dont subsscribe due to the front page story they ran of the local Democrats throwing rocks at a Pres Bush stand up in 2008)

    Sure wish there were some National television stories on this.

  • tinker_thinker

    OMG! The lefties have truly lost it! Unbelievable!

  • MaxineCA

    Good news….. Daily Caller has the story, so I’m sure it won’t be long before Fox picks it up and gives it national coverage.

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/02/new-jersey-town-to-ala-volunteer-utility-crew-dont-help-with-sandy-unless-youre-unionized/

    Edit: Breitbart and the BLaze are carrying it as well. I’m still cruising around, but I think this will be a huge topic on every website soon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.washburne James Washburne

    Time to bring back the old joke:

    How many Teamsters (OK, IBEW in this case) does it take to change a lightbulb?

    10. Gotta problem wit’ dat?

    • colliemum

      This may be an old joke – but it is based in reality.

      Anybody old enough to remember the 1970s in the UK, and how the unions brought my country to its knees? Google ‘Winter of Discontent’ …

      When I worked in a factory (union closed shop), I was only ‘allowed’ in because I did temp work. I was paid per piece. Soon the shop stewards were at me: ‘don’t work so fast, you’re ruining it for the other workers.’ Then I got transferred to a different machine – which kept breaking down ….
      Yeah, Unions are for the workers – my foot!

  • chatterbox365

    And where’s Lard A$$ (Christie) on this one??? Those people are in dire need of help and the unions can’t put their ideaology aside…WTF? I’m sure FOX will pick this up…it needs to go viral.

  • colliemum

    Ah – the ‘Unions’! Idiots, thugs, criminals: in it for themselves, and forget the customers.

    I am disgusted that those utility crews were told to ‘stand down’.
    I hope these news make the rounds in NJ, so that people there know whom to blame.
    But I think in the end this was not just a selfish gesture by those Unions, it was self-defeating.

    NJ is a blue state – guess how many blue voters won’t go to vote on 11/6 because they’re still struggling with the aftermath,thanks to Union blockheadedness!

    Well done, Unions – you’ve just lost more votes for Bathhouse Barry, and given them for free to Mitt Romney.

  • warpmine

    They, the people of Jersey get what they deserve. They asked for it even demanded this type of nonsense and now they reap what little hellholes they’ve created for themselves. While not unexpected though so it’s par for the progressive trash type utopias envisioned and even fraught for.

    • Orangeone

      Where’s Barky Boy with his solutions? His response is pathetic. Sorry, I have a campaign to run and re-election to win after I go fundraise with my Hollyweird friends who won’t miss the millions I’m bleeding to offshore accounts.

  • justplainbob

    You have got to be kidding me ! I am a machinist at the same company for 35 years next week (laid off only once in 1983 for several months after we got rid of Carter) and never once have I felt the need to be represented by a union ! People need help here for crying out loud and the help is being turned away ! Unions suck.

  • Conniption Fitz

    It is Christie’s responsibility to make the unions forget their cr*p during an emergency. Union bosses have turned into mafiosos and it’s time they were taken down a few notches.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaspersilvis Jasper Silvis

    Labor Unions = Accepted Communism in our Midst.

    Thinking about writing a book called “Unions No!”

  • wodiej

    How stupid. That’s like the fisherman story who asked God for help. He sent it 3 times and the fisherman said no, he was waiting for God to help him. When he drowned he asked God why he didn’t help him. God said I sent help 3 times and you refused.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.hines.56 Robert Hines

    It doesn’t matter what letter Fatso Christies has after his name, he’s still a THUG!!!

  • Mike Florey

    I already know how I feel about this little debacle. Let’s ask the hungry New Jersey residents (who are shivering in the dark) how THEY feel about unions?
    Union thuggery at its worst. Soulless bastards.

  • Landscaper

    It is comman place for utilities to travel several states away in an emergency. In 2011 an F5 tornado went through Alabama killing hundreds. Had a New Jersey crew come that long distance to help, there is no way in h*ll they would have been turned away.

    Have the so called leaders there lost their d@mn minds?

  • leel004

    RS…please follow up on this story. Do the New Jerseins (?) know about this? If so, is it OK for them to wait for electricity and heat until the union guys do it? What about the law enforcement guys…do they also support and agree with the union stance, as the people fight off looting gangs and craziness reigns? Com’on New Jersians…IS this what you WANT?

    • stage9

      They won’t know until a union employee restores their power which could be 6 to eight weeks. After all, they need frequent breaks and a full 8 hours of sleep a night not to mention the fact that their contract says they can’t do any strenuous work or break a nail.

    • PhillyCon

      I suspect New Jerseyans do not know about this story … as many of them don’t have power.

  • retiredvetwife

    I’m a conservative from New Jersey – and I truly love Chris Christie for what he has done thus far for our state. But if I find out that he allowed this to happen, I will work extra hard to see that he is not reelected.

  • wodiej

    Bloomberg is diverting food and generators to NYC marathon. Now that’s “bright.” Why not just postpone the damn thing?

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/01/Bloomberg-Diverts-Needed-Food-and-Generators-Away-From-Desperate-Staten-Island-to-NYC-Marathon

  • aposematic

    Well, we all know what the Democrat/Marxist controlled MSM/Press would be howling if the POTUS were a Republican…don’t we?

  • toongoon

    Welcome to the fundamentally transformed America.

    We’ll get to you eventually, sit your a$$ down and shut up.

  • http://twitter.com/mjh4259 Mary

    The clean-up is probably being organized by the mob, which runs the unions.

  • http://twitter.com/MarthaChandler9 Martha Chandler

    Unbelievable, well I wonder what Kristy thinks of his new friend now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000829771072 John Q. Jones

    Having not read all of the comments, I can simply say…I hope this turns into the “slap in the face” these sheep need to wake up to the real world now their rose-colored glasses have been blown off their liberal-do-gooder faces. I hope there is a real reckoning against these thug-union clowns and the PEOPLE grind them into the mud…then tar and feather them before kicking them straight to prison for criminal negligence.

    • stage9

      We have a saying in the South:

      “You can’t fix stupid.”

      • pdxlady

        …but, you can vote it out!

  • stage9

    So it’s more important that you’re a union employee than whether you have electricity and are warm tonight? Gotta love liberalism. What are they going to do next, turn away Christian charities because they’re not government approved?

    “Sorry, you can’t eat tonight, that food hasn’t been approved by a certified government agency.”

    “But we’re eating out of a dumpster!”

    “Sorry, I don’t make the rules. And rules are more important than your stomach. And for your information the food in that dumpster HAS been approved by FEMA. Enjoy.”

  • hermsmd

    Well, might as well slap the ol’ SEIU sticker on that Greek column formerly known as Chris Christie….ugh. No,no…politics isn’t involved in this disaster at all.

    • GetWhatYouPayFor

      The same Governor that appoints Muslim Sharia Judges? You betcha!

    • AgentRose

      Utility crews from several states East of the Mississippi River hit the road this week to volunteer their time and talents in Northeastern states hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. But crews from Alabama got the shock of their lives when other workers in a coastal New Jersey town told them they couldn’t lend a hand without a union card.

      Derrick Moore, who works for Decatur Utilities in Decatur, Ala., told WAFF-TV in Huntsville that crews in Seaside Heights, N.J. turned him and his crewmates away, saying they couldn’t do any work there because they’re not union employees.

      As a result, crews from Decatur and Huntsville left the Jersey shore and headed to Long Island to pitch in.

      WAFF’s Mark Thornton reported that Moore and his coworkers “are frustrated being told, in essence, ‘thanks, but no thanks.’”

      Another nonunion Decatur Utilities crew is idling in Roanoke, Va., waiting for instructions from Seaside Heights. The town asked them days ago for help, but later told the workers to stand down.

      A rejected crew from the Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Co-op in Trinity, Ala. has already turned around and headed back to Dixie.

      Electric repair work for public utilities in New Jersey is dominated by the International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers, a unit of the politically powerful AFL-CIO.

      Many parts of coastal New Jersey are projected to be without electric power for at least seven to 10 more days.

      • hermsmd

        alright…AFl-CIO sticker. But the SEIU sticker remains. Starting to look like he is accumulating some labor union flair!

  • PhillyCon

    Everyone:

    Please pray for Glenda Moore. Her story has me in tears. I wish there is something we can do for her.

    I cannot stop thinking about her.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/01/bodies-of-two-missing-staten-island-brandon-moore-connor-moore_n_2059596.html?utm_hp_ref=new-york#slide=1710654&ncid=webmail1

    • stage9

      My God. I can’t even imagine having to endure that. We need to pray for this poor lady.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Unions are a blight on this land. This is one of my top 3 issues with this campaign… unions must be neutered.

  • PhillyCon

    Also, where is Geraldo and Shep Smith? Why aren’t they in Staten Island where there is no power, no food, no gas. Nothing.

    Where’s the Katrina like coverage? Anyone wondering the same thing? Where’s FEMA? Where’s Obama? Does Obama not like people who live on Staten Island?

  • sjmom

    I don’t know how many people here in NJ are aware of this, but this should be all over the news. Those who need help need it now whether the workers are unionized or not. Can’t help but wonder if Gov Christie knows about this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.gray.526 Jim Gray

    Unbelievable. Someone should Jimmy Hoffa the knucklehead making that decision.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BA6V5SKRRH54TES3S6UJKO3FRA Jerry

    Unbelievable! I have never and will never join a union. They have got in the way more in my job than they have helped. The customers pay the price.

  • Idahoser

    it is more patriotic to buy imported crap than to support a dam union.

    Those people voted for this garbage, let them stew in it.

  • Ford Prefect

    ” ah ah ah ah we ah ah are ah ah going to cut through the ah red ah ah tape and make sure help comes.”

    Guess who said that.

  • WI4Walker

    We are hearing that term, “stand down” more and more often, aren’t we?

    Lots of devastation and sad situations, but with some of the stories coming out of there, not surprised these are deep blue states. Figure it out people. The government can’t take care of you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/steph.vt.9 Steph VT

      “Stand down”, “lead from behind”. Those sound like strategies of a country under an administration that sits on its hands when it gets confused or overwhelmed. That cannot work for long–definitely not four more years.

  • AgentRose

    Utility crews from several states East of the Mississippi River hit the road this week to volunteer their time and talents in Northeastern states hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. But crews from Alabama got the shock of their lives when other workers in a coastal New Jersey town told them they couldn’t lend a hand without a union card.

    Derrick Moore, who works for Decatur Utilities in Decatur, Ala., told WAFF-TV in Huntsville that crews in Seaside Heights, N.J. turned him and his crewmates away, saying they couldn’t do any work there because they’re not union employees.

    As a result, crews from Decatur and Huntsville left the Jersey shore and headed to Long Island to pitch in.

    WAFF’s Mark Thornton reported that Moore and his coworkers “are frustrated being told, in essence, ‘thanks, but no thanks.’”

    Another nonunion Decatur Utilities crew is idling in Roanoke, Va., waiting for instructions from Seaside Heights. The town asked them days ago for help, but later told the workers to stand down.

    A rejected crew from the Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Co-op in Trinity, Ala. has already turned around and headed back to Dixie.

    Electric repair work for public utilities in New Jersey is dominated by the International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers, a unit of the politically powerful AFL-CIO.

    Many parts of coastal New Jersey are projected to be without electric power for at least seven to 10 more days.

  • white531

    I have worked around unions most of my life. I have found that workers protected by unions, are a mix. Most of them go to work and do their job, regardless of the union. About a third of them though, in my experience, were practically worthless.

    I have worked as a union employee myself, and also in management, mostly as a supervisor. In both capacities, you learn very quickly who can be counted on, and who cannot. It is simply an undeniable fact, that unions protect worthless employees.

    As an example, I once encountered an employee on the job, stoned out of his mind, on drugs. He was barely able to function. I told him to go home and sleep it off. He refused, so I fired him and walked him to the gate. Two weeks later, the union got him re-instated with full pay for the two weeks he was gone, and I received a letter of reprimand in my personnel file.

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

      Institutionalized politics at work just sucks. We have it where I work now (14 years), but before that, all that mattered was job performance. I almost didn’t make it past two years, but then I learned how to ignore them without getting fired. I moved my office into my service vehicle, then stay away as long as possible on jobs.

  • Marridge

    Unions have outlived their once useful purpose. They have now become a menace to society and need to be dealt with accordingly.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7PCM2U3ELFEZBGR7KXB4RB4BMA C P

    These are the same union jerks who support Obama. New Jersey FORCES people to join unions, and then the unions use the confiscated dues to finance him and other Dems. If Obama wins another term, you can bet your last dollar that he will increase union power and give them paybacks, all on the backs of taxpayers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7PCM2U3ELFEZBGR7KXB4RB4BMA C P

    New Jersey forces people to join unions, and then the unions use the dues to finance Democrats like Obama. Obama and the Dems then pay back their support with sweetheart deals that hurt non-union business. If Obama gets a 2nd term, you can bet your last dollar you’ll see more and more of this kind of thing, not only in Seaside Heights, but elsewhere as well. Good luck with that…

  • Army_Pilot1967

    Would the people without power be able to tell if union or non-union workers fixed their power problems????? I don’t think so, and I betcha’ they would be thrilled just to have their power back…just ask them.

  • anneinarkansas

    Just when you think you can not be any more appalled…Unreal!!!
    I just heard Bam in a campaign speech say “I” have been on the phone with “My” team to help in the East.
    I, Me, My, Mine….does not cut it!

  • Philo Beddoe

    New Jersey and New York citizens– YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE

    I no longer feel sorry for you. You constantly keep voting in politicians that force the unions into your lives, now live with it.

    Aside from being totally ill prepared personally for this hurricane, you have made a deal with the devil.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LeeBDixon Lee B Dixon

    Funny I never see republicans criticize the mafia Police Unions…

    • stage9

      Well, here’s your first experience…all unions suck!

    • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

      Here is your second……………..

  • kajunredbull

    Ok America, now we will see what Gov Christie is all about! Its time to back up his bloviating to reporters all this time and step into the real issues facing his people…

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheri.carpenter.lundstrom Cheri Carpenter-Lundstrom

    No doubt the continuing partisanship is responsble for the lack of cooperation here. Unions are right to defend their position and anyone who is not old enough to remember what work was like before unions needs to study some history. Having said that, the unions should have taken the non-union volunteers one on one to make sure they knew what to do and worked to put the state back together. However, this is New Jersey we are talking about and it s a very small part of the country. Isn’t it time we worked together instead of bitching about every little thing? You guys amaze me with your shallow pettiness.

    • poljunkie

      I’d say the majority of us arent old enough to know what it was like before the Union, since it started in the mid 19th century. :)

      Unions began in the mid-19th century in response to the social and economic impact brought about by industrial revolution. The National labor unions began to form in the right after the-Civil War.

      This was a time when human rights and wages were narrowly addressed so organized labor was an important aspect, and for the very lowly laborer, a welcome addition. Even then, Unions typically helped coordinate and support strikes usually in favor of the Democrats. American labor unions benefitted greatly from the New Deal policies of FDR. Continuing to strive, Unions from this point developed increasingly closer ties to the Democratic Party.

      Success of labor unions continued World War II, Plumbers, electricians, and those in other trades benefitted greatly from having a voice especially in the larger cities, where long hours were expected, minimal pay was the norm and working conditions were not always optimal.

      Republicans were never really were fond of the thought of Unions because they always incorporated the idea of the free market. Using ones skills, Republicans placed top priorty on promoting value, quality and the importantance on good business practice. This posed problems for many tradesman who were not well off enough to own business’s and had to first be apprentice, journeyman or work up to being Master Electricans (for example) but didnt believe in the Democrat Ideology. They learned to keep their mouths shut- or often times as was the 50’s face the threat of a “baseball bat.” Strong arming was not uncommon back then.

      The labor unions continue their age-old tradition of contributing and having strong support with and to the Democrat party. This goes y back to the the “Teamsters Union” . It was on the nightly news for corruption and other charges of violence.
      Nothing changed. Many Union members were told to follow the union line or risk their job.

      In the recent decade private unions have dwindled due to the high COSTS of maintaining HEALTH CARE and PENISON funds for their employees. Often times the funds for these two accounts can bankrupt companies that must participate under union protocol. HOWEVER PUBLIC unions have grown to nearly 40%.

      These are primarily City and Fed GOVERNMENT positions. This is a very telling sign, wouldn’t you say?

  • bongobear

    I heard about this on Beck while I was driving…I almost wrecked my truck from laughing about it. I feel bad for the people in New Jersey but they’re going to vote for a man who supports the unions who refuse to let non union workers help fix their power outage. It’s stunning.

  • http://twitter.com/ember_george Ember George

    I’ve got family who left GA to go help get power restored. They’re in NY and really amazed (yet again) at the destruction another storm as caused. I can’t wait to hear how they react to the Ala crews being turned away from NJ.

  • carmtom13

    Wheres the big mouth Christi about this?? He should be yelling about this! Help is help union or non union. I’m sure the people of New Jersey would welcome all the help they can get especially from utility workers who can work to restore electricity to them. BIG MISTAKE CHRISTI!! I’m sure when the people of New Jersey find out about this you’re done Christi. I’m quite sure they could careless if these people are in the union or not.

  • deeme

    Yeah he’s really cutting the red tape and adding a little of his own..It seems unthinkable that they would turn these guys away, they are the best of the best at what they do…

  • http://www.facebook.com/steph.vt.9 Steph VT

    Report from Fox at 11AM PST, Fri., Nov. 2: Governor’s response to the non-union workers being turned away had nothing to do with their union status. He reports that they were turned away because they were in areas that did not need help….if that were the case, wouldn’t common sense tell you to redirect them to an area that needed help? Lying has become so commonplace, I can’t stand it.

  • Shea VanBoever

    Baloney. The very same “non-union crews” cited as being turned away, say this story is a lie:

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/non-union_utility_crews_welcom.html

  • kong1967

    Big unions are pathetic. Protecting the union comes before anything and everything, including saving lives. Big unions need to be banned.

  • TJinNJ

    Just shows RINOs and Demonic-Rat could care less about the people of this country. It’s all about power and money. My fat ass Gov. has proven it time and again but this is his ultimate snub…Where’s FEMA? Where’s the Red Cross? Where’s the media? They lambasted Bush over Katrina for years but I guess people suffering here is ok under Barry and his RINO kiss ass bud. This isn’t only here, people in NY are dumpster diving for food. This part of their popluation control agenda?

    • poljunkie

      Thats because the media hated Pres Bush and they are in love with Obama.

      I still dont know why.

      Where is Kaynne? Or whatever his name is- Why isnt he on televison saying Obama hates all the people of NJ and NY for not sending help?

      • http://www.facebook.com/paul.christian.942 librtifirst

        I didn’t like Bush either, in the end when I woke up. The media is criminal in regard to their assumed role as the fourth branch of government. I personally believe that the media is handed down orders from corporate headquarters, and now they own the local affiliates, so local reporting is controlled as well. People would like to think that the media is independent, and uncovers real issues in a bi-partisan manner, but we all know that isn’t true.

  • MLCBLOG

    Typical for commies. Unions are just the front, having been taken over by destructive forces. I have watched it close-up, starting with Harry Bridges shutting down the SF piers in the late 1950’s and on into the 1960’s when I was being groomed by the left to be a community organizer and did in fact lead an effort that is still (shamefully) going today…I was bounced into a large union hall on a weekend, where I saw the union thugs offering reassurance to us little marchers/protesters that we need not worry. Big Brother was certainly here!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.mcamoil Daniel E McAmoil

    they stick together,,, block all non union,,, but have all but killed our great country and forced 90% of all jobs over sea.. Now,, to turn away Christan help to get power back on over some stupid rule,, or union law is beyond sick.. Older folks without heat,, and lights have to suffer weeks more due to this.. Lets talk about the added number of people,, or riouts that might start a few days from now and needless lifes lost.. ???

    At a time unions were needed,, but they took it too far.. Years ago I needed to work off the farm one winter as I had a bad year farming.. Took a labor job with union people working on site.. None worked.. Mostly stole stiff from the job site and took 3 hour lunch breaks to get back to work in time to take an afternoon break..

    Left a real bad taste in my mouth..

    Sodbust

    • TomJoadisJob

      The story is not true

  • WinMissouri

    In the spirit of Marie Antoinette let them eat cake.

    Let them be cold and dark.

    Fix it yourselves!

  • maynardb50

    Heck with the union. Let em do without power for a week longer than necessary. Come back to Dixie guys. We love you in the south.

  • http://twitter.com/Powerfactor1 Mark Adam

    Union thugs and their Government Crony-Masters have got to go. Not only can’t we have a free-market, we can’t even help each other unless we fit the profile. And the MSM, hides, hides and hides the truth.

    • TomJoadisJob

      Story has been proven untrue.

  • LausDeo1776

    More evidence that the Unions need to be abolished in this country.

    • TomJoadisJob

      Story has proven to be unfounded.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vic.burrack.5 Vic Burrack

    I considered going up there to help and donated money instead. But how unbelievable that anyone or any group would turn down assistance for the residents who are HURTING so much. If this is true (and I have cross checked it already) then it is a clear example of why unions need to be disbanded once and for all. These union principles are hurting their own people and the local residents. I hope that once the people of these areas get it all put back together then they will get rid of these union people and the unions who left them in the COLD and DARK for longer than was necessary. How absolutely horrible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vic.burrack.5 Vic Burrack

    I considered going up there to help and donated money instead. But how unbelievable that anyone or any group would turn down assistance for the residents who are HURTING so much. If this is true (and I have cross checked it already) then it is a clear example of why unions need to be disbanded once and for all. These union principles are hurting their own people and the local residents. I hope that once the people of these areas get it all put back together then they will get rid of these union people and the unions who left them in the COLD and DARK for longer than was necessary. How absolutely horrible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vic.burrack.5 Vic Burrack

    I considered going up there to help and donated money instead. But how unbelievable that anyone or any group would turn down assistance for the residents who are HURTING so much. If this is true (and I have cross checked it already) then it is a clear example of why unions need to be disbanded once and for all. These union principles are hurting their own people and the local residents. I hope that once the people of these areas get it all put back together then they will get rid of these union people and the unions who left them in the COLD and DARK for longer than was necessary. How absolutely horrible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vic.burrack.5 Vic Burrack

    I considered going up there to help and donated money instead. But how unbelievable that anyone or any group would turn down assistance for the residents who are HURTING so much. If this is true (and I have cross checked it already) then it is a clear example of why unions need to be disbanded once and for all. These union principles are hurting their own people and the local residents. I hope that once the people of these areas get it all put back together then they will get rid of these union people and the unions who left them in the COLD and DARK for longer than was necessary. How absolutely horrible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vic.burrack.5 Vic Burrack

    I considered going up there to help and donated money instead. But how unbelievable that anyone or any group would turn down assistance for the residents who are HURTING so much. If this is true (and I have cross checked it already) then it is a clear example of why unions need to be disbanded once and for all. These union principles are hurting their own people and the local residents. I hope that once the people of these areas get it all put back together then they will get rid of these union people and the unions who left them in the COLD and DARK for longer than was necessary. How absolutely horrible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vic.burrack.5 Vic Burrack

    I considered going up there to help and donated money instead. But how unbelievable that anyone or any group would turn down assistance for the residents who are HURTING so much. If this is true (and I have cross checked it already) then it is a clear example of why unions need to be disbanded once and for all. These union principles are hurting their own people and the local residents. I hope that once the people of these areas get it all put back together then they will get rid of these union people and the unions who left them in the COLD and DARK for longer than was necessary. How absolutely horrible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vic.burrack.5 Vic Burrack

    I considered going up there to help and donated money instead. But how unbelievable that anyone or any group would turn down assistance for the residents who are HURTING so much. If this is true (and I have cross checked it already) then it is a clear example of why unions need to be disbanded once and for all. These union principles are hurting their own people and the local residents. I hope that once the people of these areas get it all put back together then they will get rid of these union people and the unions who left them in the COLD and DARK for longer than was necessary. How absolutely horrible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vic.burrack.5 Vic Burrack

    I considered going up there to help and donated money instead. But how unbelievable that anyone or any group would turn down assistance for the residents who are HURTING so much. If this is true (and I have cross checked it already) then it is a clear example of why unions need to be disbanded once and for all. These union principles are hurting their own people and the local residents. I hope that once the people of these areas get it all put back together then they will get rid of these union people and the unions who left them in the COLD and DARK for longer than was necessary. How absolutely horrible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vic.burrack.5 Vic Burrack

    I considered going up there to help and donated money instead. But how unbelievable that anyone or any group would turn down assistance for the residents who are HURTING so much. If this is true (and I have cross checked it already) then it is a clear example of why unions need to be disbanded once and for all. These union principles are hurting their own people and the local residents. I hope that once the people of these areas get it all put back together then they will get rid of these union people and the unions who left them in the COLD and DARK for longer than was necessary. How absolutely horrible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vic.burrack.5 Vic Burrack

    I considered going up there to help and donated money instead. But how unbelievable that anyone or any group would turn down assistance for the residents who are HURTING so much. If this is true (and I have cross checked it already) then it is a clear example of why unions need to be disbanded once and for all. These union principles are hurting their own people and the local residents. I hope that once the people of these areas get it all put back together then they will get rid of these union people and the unions who left them in the COLD and DARK for longer than was necessary. How absolutely horrible.

    • TomJoadisJob

      The story is not true.

  • http://twitter.com/ember_george Ember George

    The guys who left their families and comfortable homes in GA, SC, AL, ect. to go upstate to help with recovery should be given a handshake and a polite ‘thank you’ and then directed on where to start working. Anything other than that tells our guys and the states they represent that their help isn’t wanted. Too much entitlement attitude has folks flipping out paperwork and reciting rules.

  • http://twitter.com/ember_george Ember George

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/02/bridgeport-utility-workers-report-having-objects-thrown-at-them-by-residents/

    Utility workers pelted with eggs after Bridgeport, Conn. mayor blasts provider

    Yikes! The natives are turning.

  • TomJoadisJob

    Too bad the story isn’t true.

    “Bill Yell, spokesman for Huntsville Utilities, said nine of his employees are currently helping with recovery from Hurricane Sandy and had no union-related issues.
    “That’s a rumor,” he said. “We are starting work this morning with Long Island Power Authority. We were headed to a New Jersey utility but they had all the crews they could handle.”

    A spokeswoman for Joe Wheeler Electrical Membership Cooperative said the crews from Trinity also are assisting with storm recovery and, in fact, are unionized.

    The Huntsville Utilities spokesman also points out that you can’t just show up and dive into working on power lines at random, because not every system is the same: “You don’t just go up there and say, ‘Hey, we’re here. We’re going to start putting up poles for you.'” (This obviously makes you wonder if some people have been turned away from working to restore power in affected areas, not because they weren’t union members but because they showed up thinking it shouldn’t matter if they knew the local system configurations or if they’d shown up in a place where more workers were even needed.)
    International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers President Ed Hill said in a statement:

    It is the policy of this union and the companies we represent to welcome assistance during major natural disasters—regardless of union status.
    There have been reports that a nonunion crew was turned away from work in New Jersey. At this stage, it is not clear who is alleged to have turned the crew away and the company that employs the affected workers has denied the claim. IBEW local leaders in New Jersey have reiterated what has been the long standing record of our union—in times of crisis all help is welcome and we pull together with everyone to meet the needs of the public.

    But despite a lack of evidence that any qualified workers were turned away from helping, and denials that this happened from representatives of the union, two of the utility companies named in the rumors, and all sorts of representatives of New Jersey utility companies, this rumor will likely become an article of faith in anti-union circles.”

    http://m.nbcphiladelphia.com/nbcphilly/pm_108054/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=VNBd7rLj

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/non-union_utility_crew_from_al.html

  • DebbyX

    God bless the linemen, they are a dedicated bunch. Here in CT, the degenerates in Bridgeport were out in the streets yelling at them and throwing eggs. That’s how stupid they are, biting the hand that feds them!

    Somebody should tell them who they should really be mad at!

  • TomJoadisJob

    And yes the union on LI welcomed them to work.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/52RF6ZXOLTSIVKCW536TJI3ZIE TimN

    This has proven to be a false report. Just google non-union utility workers turned away and you will see this is not true!!! Just trying to make sure the truth gets out as many rumors are flying everywhere.