Union thuggery and Hurricane victims...


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Aug 12, 2007
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somewhere near Lake Michigan
Well, workers from three states, having travelled to give aid to those suffering from Hurricane Sandy have now learned that politics from the left never takes a holiday, even when it comes to aiding victims of a horrible natural disaster...


A business coordinator at a power company in western Georgia told The Daily Caller Friday afternoon that workers from his electric-utility employer were not permitted to help restore power to New York consumers because they would not join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
The revelation comes on the heels of similar stories TheDC has reported about power crews from Alabama and Florida who volunteered to fix downed power lines after Hurricane Sandy left millions in the Northeastern United States in the dark this week.
“We’re not a large utility, so we were only able to send up two or three crews,” Glenn Cunningham, a business continuity coordinator with Diverse Power in LaGrange, Georgia, said in a phone interview.

“They worked in Maryland, and they went up to New York, and when they got up there it was, ‘out come the union papers.’”
“And our guys were like, ‘Hey, we’re not joining nothing. We came up to help, but if you don’t want it, that’s fine.’ So they turned around and drove all the way back here to Georgia.”
On Thursday evening WAFF-TV in Huntsville, Ala. reported that the devastated coastal town of Seaside Heights, N.J. turned away a crew from Decatur Utilities in Decatur, Ala., saying they couldn’t do any work there because they’re not union employees. (RELATED: New Jersey utility denies turning away nonunion electric crew volunteers from Alabama)
Decatur Utilities general manager Ray Hardin said Friday during a Fox Business Network broadcast that ”we were presented with documents from IBEW that required our folks to affiliate with the union. And [that's] something that we could not agree to. And it was our understanding, and still is, that that was a requirement of working in that area.”
On Friday TheDC spoke with a veteran electric utility worker from central Florida whose crew was kept idling for two days while his managers dealt with the union’s membership demands.


Bill Mattocks

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Feb 8, 2009
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Non-union utility crews from out of state can work in N.J., power companies say
Major utility companies in New Jersey said that they are welcoming any and all out-of-state crews helping to restore power, and have not refused any non-union contractors.

At least one media report out of Alabama claims that personnel from that state were turned away in Seaside Heights because they were not affiliated with a union.

“We take crews as they become available,” said Ron Morano, a spokesman for Jersey Central Power & Light. “Everyone understands this is an all-hands-on-deck event.”

While I believe a crew might have gotten turned away by an overly-union-centric municipal crew, it doesn't look like this is endemic.


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Aug 31, 2011
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There are some unions that need crushed but I don't think the Electrical Workers is one of them. I don't see enough data to form any broad opinions from this article.