Nonunion utility crews turned away from New Jersey

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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TimN
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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.

Christine Cox
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Christine Cox
Ellymae
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Ellymae
Kris Kendrick
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Kris Kendrick
TomJoadisJob
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TomJoadisJob

And yes the union on LI welcomed them to work.

Debby
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Debby

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
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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… Read more »

Ember George
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Ember George

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gNGX1YjtKAke6HrPPE0UJErJ_wXQ?docId=2d21df59ecb34545999bc3474ff97c46
Ala. utility crew returns home

http://www.foxbusiness.com/government/2012/11/02/union-red-tape-in-nj-causes-alabama-recovery-crew-to-head-home/
Union Red Tape in N.J. Causes Alabama Recovery Crew to Head Home

http://www.wsfa.com/story/19981857/some-nonunion-ala-crews-turned-away-from-sandy-recovery
Confusion causes utility crew to return from recovery effort

So, basically, we have a ‘he said, he said’ situation. The ones who really know what happened are the guys manning the trucks. I choose to believe them.

TomJoadisJob
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TomJoadisJob

Being in NY, on LI, I know for a fact it isn’t true. You can ask any of the AL, AR, FL, SC, and elsewhere non-union crews that are here, that’s lines and treetrim.
Of course, if you choose not to believe their International President, the head of the utility, the Gov of NJ and CBS, that’s your choice.

Ember George
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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.

Ember George
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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.

Brendan
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Brendan

The story turns out not to be true.
It wouldn’t be the first time news agencies picked up on an internet rumor without fact checking.
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/11/02/Alabama-utilities-deny-anti-union-rumor/UPI-87531351887473/

Vic Burrack
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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
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TomJoadisJob

The story is not true.

Vic Burrack
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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.

Vic Burrack
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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.

Vic Burrack
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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.

Vic Burrack
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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.

Vic Burrack
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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.

Vic Burrack
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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.

Vic Burrack
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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.

Vic Burrack
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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.

Vic Burrack
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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.

LausDeo1776
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LausDeo1776

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

TomJoadisJob
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TomJoadisJob

Story has proven to be unfounded.

Mark Adam
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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
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TomJoadisJob

Story has been proven untrue.

maynardb50
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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.

WinMissouri
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WinMissouri

In the spirit of Marie Antoinette let them eat cake.

Let them be cold and dark.

Fix it yourselves!

Daniel E McAmoil
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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… Read more »

TomJoadisJob
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TomJoadisJob

The story is not true

MLCBLOG
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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!!!

TJinNJ
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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
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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?

librtifirst
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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.

kong1967
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kong1967

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

Shea VanBoever
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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

Steph VT
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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.

deeme
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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…

carmtom13
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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.

Ember George
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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.

bongobear
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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.

Cheri Carpenter-Lundstrom
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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
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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… Read more »

kajunredbull
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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…

Lee B Dixon
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Lee B Dixon

Funny I never see republicans criticize the mafia Police Unions…

stage9
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stage9

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

librtifirst
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librtifirst

Here is your second……………..

Philo Beddoe
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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.

anneinarkansas
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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!

Army_Pilot1967
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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.

C P
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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…

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