Labor Unions Prohibit Storm Help from Non-Union Power Companies

Bill Hitchcock November 2, 2012 4
Labor Unions Prohibit Storm Help from Non-Union Power Companies



UPDATE: According to News 12 New Jersey and NJ.com Jersey Central Power & Light spokesman Ron Morano said that JCP&L has welcomed all out-of-state crews.

“We have not turned away any help,” he said. “Absolutely not.”

He did suggest that municipal companies might have issues working side-by-side with non-unionized contractors

ORIGINAL REPORT

Labor unions have turned away help from non-union power companies out of Alabama.

WAFF TV48 out of Huntsville, Alabama reports that union labor informed crews from Huntsville and Decatur, “were told by crews in New Jersey they can’t do any work there since they are not Union employees.”

Power company crews from Decatur and Huntsville Utilities are “frustrated”. Some crews have been allowed to restore power in New York while other power crews have had to return home to Alabama. Hurricane Sandy has knocked out power to millions of residents in New England. It is unfathomable to think that Labor Unions would do anything to hinder aid to the people that desperately need it. But they have.

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“Local crews were in Roanoke, Virginia which are just waiting and watching even though they originally received a call asking for their help from Seaside heights, New Jersey,” reports Mark Thornhill of WAFF TV48 about labor unions turning Hurricane sandy relief help away.

Maybe jobs in New Jersey should go to non-union workers so the people of New Jersey can be better served. At least if New Jersey jobs were made available to non-union workers then maybe the people of that great state would “see the light” literally and figuratively and do away with labor unions”.

I wonder if the labor unions will be checking the New Jersey obituaries for possible results of their actions. How can any organization stop aid to its people?
Watch the news cast below from Mark Thornhill about labor unions turning away assistance to restore power in New Jersey.

Read the transcript about the labor unions turning away help located below the video.
WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

“The hurricane ravaged east coast has been receiving North Alabama help. But we’ve uncovered something interesting. Crews from Huntsville utilities learned a short time ago that they’ll be doing work in Long Island, New York. But all hasn’t gone smoothly for our crews. Crews from Huntsville as well as Decatur Utilities and Joe Wheeler out of Trinity headed up there.

But one of the Decatur workers tells me –They were told by crews in New Jersey they can’t do any work there since they are not Union employees.

Here are some pictures here. That worker Derrick Moore with Decatur Utilities sent me today as he told me of their dilemma. Our local crews were in Roanoke Virginia which are just waiting and watching even though they originally received a call asking for their help from Seaside heights, New Jersey.

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They’ve had to stand down. The crews from Trinity have already turned around and headed back home. Understandably Derrick tells me that they are frustrated and are being told in essence, “Thanks, but No thanks”.

Again, at least Huntsville has found someone, at least for now who wants there help.”
Wow! All of this grief caused by labor unions not allowing power companies to restore power. Millions of people continue to suffer through this power outage as a result of labor unions.

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4 Comments »

  1. ralph November 2, 2012 at 7:31 PM - Reply

    UNions…… helping the incompetent feel useful for over 80 years

  2. pickle123 November 4, 2012 at 9:06 PM - Reply

    Did the other non union utility workers agree to join the IBEW so they could help those in need?

  3. Timothy November 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM - Reply

    unbelievable! hard to believe! were the crews who were turned away offered a “provisional membership” or allowed to be journeymen or apprentices? are NJ union members and local leaders aware of this situation? I can not believe this story!

  4. Timothy November 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM - Reply

    can anyone verify this story? Is this a case of, “All the news that fits we print” or “all the news that’s fit to print”.

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