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So, The IBEW Really Did Put Unionization Ahead of Hurricane Recovery Efforts #ObamasKatrina
Redstate ^ | 11/4/12

Posted on 11/04/2012 12:26:45 PM PST by markomalley

There’s been a lot of denials going on since last Friday when it came to light that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) may have turned away non-union crews from helping in hurricane ravaged New Jersey because they did not carry union cards.

Despite a denial by the union’s international president, Ed Hill, a statement made by New Jersey’s governor Chris Chistie, it turns out, the IBEW has demanded unionization of the non-union crews.

On Friday, Ray Hardin, General Manager of Decatur [AL] Utilities appeared on Fox Business News and stated that his crews were being turned away from Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts because they were not unionized.

The report of a union demanding that only union workers aid in the recovery efforts was immediately met with a general outcry, then a ‘clarifying’ statement from the IBEW’s Ed Hill:

It is the policy of this union and the companies we represent to welcome assistance during major natural disasters – regardless of union status. [Emphasis added.]

At a press conference on Friday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stated:

“I’ve been on the phone with PSE&G [Public Service Electric and Gas Company], JCP&L [Jersey Central Power & Light] and the union, and they’ve all absolutely promised me they would never turn away a single worker whether they were union or nonunion, and I wouldn’t allow it,” Christie told reporters shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Despite the IBEW’s statement to the contrary, as well as Chris Christie’s assurances that non-union workers are welcome, it appears the IBEW throughout the New Jersey and New York areas are attempting to make sure that non-union crews become unionized before being allowed to assist in recovery efforts.

For example, according to the Daily Caller:

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).

Then, of course, there’s the smoking gun [via The Daily Caller as well] where the IBEW would “permit” Florida linemen to assist in the recovery efforts if Florida’s utilities agreed to paying into the IBEW’s funds:

In a two-page Oct. 29 contract, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local 1049 demanded union dues, pay hikes and benefit contributions from Florida electric utilities before its workers would be permitted to help reconnect power to Long Island communities. The demand came as Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the Northeastern United States, stranding tens of millions without electricity.

The “Letter of Assent,” which The Daily Caller obtained from the Florida Municipal Electric Association, demanded 11 separate financial commitments from municipal power companies and electrical cooperatives in the Sunshine State. The agreement, for any utility that decided to sign it, would have been in force from Oct. 29 to Nov. 29.

Here is the letter:

Letter of Assent E No Car GENERIC

While the term ‘extortion‘ often comes to mind when unions exhibit this type of behavior, it is worth remembering that unions are often exempt from laws that would land others in jail.

Nevertheless, the IBEW’s behavior during Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts are no less repulsive.
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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Politics
KEYWORDS: ibew; sandy; union; unions

1 posted on 11/04/2012 12:26:45 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

I hope the Northeastern US voters remember this kind of crap from the allies of Liberal Democrats when it comes to voting.

But they probably won’t.


2 posted on 11/04/2012 12:31:49 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: markomalley

The unions could care less about the post-storm recovery. All they are thinking about is how much money they can make from it.


3 posted on 11/04/2012 12:31:58 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (The Red Cross says, Vote For Obama!)
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To: markomalley

Makes me glad that as of July, I am NO LONGER a member of the IBEW.


4 posted on 11/04/2012 12:32:22 PM PST by YankeeReb (The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” B.H. 0bama)
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To: markomalley

If you aren’t happy...go to your utilities commission there in the state and whine about how something like this could happen. But don’t expect the commission to do anything except listen and grin. Priority in fixing something isn’t number one....being union and eventually fixing something is higher on the list of things to do.


5 posted on 11/04/2012 12:32:56 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: markomalley

http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/sandyunion.asp

Snopes hasn’t updated their page on this yet.
(I’m surprised they have this page up so quick)...wonder how fast they’ll add this info to that page...


6 posted on 11/04/2012 12:38:21 PM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: markomalley

it is absolutely incredible that these idiots so despise fellow craftsmen, because of their non-union status, that they will not even allow them to offer much needed assistance, in a time of crushing upheaval, in their own communities, for their fellow residents.

The only thing they do is harm their friends and neighbors.

Brainwashed , socialist, idiots one and all.

Like most union craftsman , they are utterly incapable of a single , rational, critical, thought unless they wash it through their shop steward, who gets checks his brain out , every day, with the union bosses, that screw the life out of their membership and by extension the public they “serve”.


7 posted on 11/04/2012 12:41:30 PM PST by ping jockey (Every knee will bow and every soul will acknowlege that Christ is Lord.)
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To: markomalley

it is absolutely incredible that these idiots so despise fellow craftsmen, because of their non-union status, that they will not even allow them to offer much needed assistance, in a time of crushing upheaval, in their own communities, for their fellow residents.

The only thing they do is harm their friends and neighbors.

Brainwashed , socialist, idiots one and all.

Like most union craftsman , they are utterly incapable of a single , rational, critical, thought unless they wash it through their shop steward, who gets /checks his brain out , every day, with the union bosses, that screw the life out of their membership and by extension the public they “serve”.


8 posted on 11/04/2012 12:44:25 PM PST by ping jockey (Every knee will bow and every soul will acknowlege that Christ is Lord.)
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To: markomalley

If I were governor of say MA, CT, PA, or NY I would publicly sate all crews are welcome and Union members trying to interfere with non-Union crews will get arrested.


9 posted on 11/04/2012 1:04:06 PM PST by matt04
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To: ping jockey

Yes, they put their evil insanity in writing


10 posted on 11/04/2012 1:05:32 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: libertarian27
(I’m surprised they have this page up so quick).

I'm certainly not surprised. Snopes is owned and operated by the left as a means of deceiving the American public. They maintain and spread the Left wing party line.

What does surprise me are the numbers of people who think that Snopes is a reliable source for fact checking and rumor control. My friends will frequently go to Snopes to check some urban legend floating around and are amazed to learn what they really do. Some of them keep going back to the well long after I have demonstrated to them that Snopes is a spreader of left wing propaganda and not a debunker of it.

11 posted on 11/04/2012 1:06:27 PM PST by centurion316
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To: markomalley

Unions exist for one reason, and one reason only: to screw everyone not in the union.


12 posted on 11/04/2012 1:21:45 PM PST by RugerMini14
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To: markomalley

It’s long past time for people to rise up and march on the offices of IBEW everywhere and burn them to the ground. It’s the least we can do to remedy this treasonous, indecent, anti-American, vile behavior that has probably led to many deaths and untold misery. Down with IBEW!


13 posted on 11/04/2012 1:21:51 PM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: markomalley

If I did the math right, that is 29.31% of their hourly (whatever that is) plus $9.75 an hour just in union demands before any taxes. No wonder their “leadership” likes it like that.


14 posted on 11/04/2012 1:31:27 PM PST by Dust in the Wind (U S Troops Rock)
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To: markomalley
I sent a donation to help out, but I almost wanted to pass on that help. Why?

Once again, regular Americans from other parts of the country have to rescue and bail out demonrats, the unions and their public sector failures.

The union's have screwed up almost everything they come in contact with. Their efforts during WWII against the country were a real eye opener for me. Their alliance with the communist party was another eye opener.

We are an amazing country to have been able to survive such determined efforts to overthrow our Constitutional republic for this long.

But, after studying the record, I don't see how we'll ever be a great country as long as the unions have any influence. We succeed in spite of them, not because of them.

However, the Chinese owe "our" unions for much of their success, for our having sent so much of our manufacturing and industrial base to them.

15 posted on 11/04/2012 1:43:10 PM PST by GBA (Vote as if your Freedom depended on it...)
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To: markomalley
is there any way the homeowners can sue the IBEW? class action maybe???
16 posted on 11/04/2012 1:59:42 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

They have the backing for the corrupt liberal progressives in Government, who believe that people should be at the mercy of the politicians and their allies.


17 posted on 11/04/2012 2:09:15 PM PST by Moorings
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To: Moorings
RATS eating their own...
18 posted on 11/04/2012 2:27:19 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: House Atreides

Let’s not forget how proud the union leadership was when they took credit for putting Eastern Airlines out of business.

How many jobs did that cost union members?

Unions once did some good, but those days are long gone. Today, especially “government worker” unions are nothing more than legalized organized criminal enterprises, designed to fleece the taxpayer.

Mark


19 posted on 11/04/2012 2:52:18 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: markomalley
People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. It is impossible indeed to prevent such meetings, by any law which either could be executed, or would be consistent with liberty and justice. But though the law cannot hinder people of the same trade from sometimes assembling together, it ought to do nothing to facilitate such assemblies; much less to render them necessary. - Wealth of nations, Book I, Ch 10

20 posted on 11/04/2012 4:44:02 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: markomalley

Looks like non union truck drivers from Michigan, delivering transformers were turned away as well.

http://theoaklandpress.com/articles/2012/11/02/news/local_news/doc50945623585fb418828844.txt?viewmode=default

>>Mike James, an independent trucker, said he and three other truckers were told to haul a load of transformers to the city to replace equipment anticipated to be lost in the storm.

James, two men from Holly and a Flint man arrived in the city Tuesday night and slept in their trucks before attempting to deliver the 144 transformers to emergency workers.

When they arrived Wednesday, they were turned away by Con Edison employees because they were not union workers.


21 posted on 11/04/2012 8:06:56 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

See post 21. non union Michigan truck drivers turned away from NY for not being union. They were to deliver transformers.


22 posted on 11/04/2012 8:12:18 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: markomalley

Want to help rebuild?/

it’s gonna cost ya!


23 posted on 11/04/2012 8:17:12 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: markomalley

fu ibew


24 posted on 11/05/2012 5:40:23 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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