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Union Red Tape in N.J. Causes Alabama Recovery Crew to Head Home
Fox News ^ | 11/2/12 | Matt Egan

Posted on 11/02/2012 7:02:20 PM PDT by Ron C.

Despite devastation and millions of power outages in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a utility crew from Alabama said it has been unable to help a ravaged New Jersey shore town due to a union dispute.

Officials from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers presented Alabama-based Decatur Utilities with documents that “required our folks to affiliate with the union,” Ray Hardin, general manager of Decatur, told FOX Business on Friday. “That was something that we could not agree to. It was our understanding and still is that it was a requirement for us to work in that area.”

Hardin said most of his six-man, four-vehicle crew was stuck in Virginia on Thursday instead of helping the N.J. shore town of Seaside Heights recover due to the bureaucratic tie-up. Eventually his crew ended up heading back home to Alabama because of the disagreement.

“We chose we could not agree to those documents and began looking for other areas that could use our assistance without those conditions,” Hardin said.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Alabama; US: New Jersey; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: alabama; helpnotwanted; newjersey; virginia
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Earlier reports indicated two other Alabama utilities -- Huntsville Utilities and Joe Wheeler Cooperative -- were turned away from New Jersey due to union discrimination. However, those utilities have since denied those reports.

Of course they'll lie and deny - but you KNOW they were lying!!

1 posted on 11/02/2012 7:02:21 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

Let the union workers freeze in the dark. Screw them.

2 posted on 11/02/2012 7:07:35 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Ron C.

I passed 4 Huntsville Utility trucks in Maryland on my way home from work last night. I was wondering how they were received up there.

3 posted on 11/02/2012 7:17:45 PM PDT by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: unixfox

It’s not the union workers who will suffer. It’s all those people who need their electric turned on fast who are suffering. In addition, if they discourage people from other states to come in there to do repairs like electric, roofing, carpentry, cement, asphalt, plumbing, beach restorations, etc. on private and government properties, they will take forever to repair the damages! The workforce of the area needs to increase big time and fast to handle this mess.

I knew the union thugs there were going to screw up the restoration of those communities. What a nightmare! The work ethic and the caring for others - service - is bs in unions. Woe to NJ and NY!!!! They are about to discover the reality of liberalism.

4 posted on 11/02/2012 7:24:17 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: perez24
"I passed 4 Huntsville Utility trucks in Maryland..."

I'll bet they were welcomed - and didn't see union thugs out trying to sign them up!

5 posted on 11/02/2012 7:26:15 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

Of course they’ll lie and deny - but you KNOW they were lying!!

Why would the untilities that were turned away, lie and deny? That doesn’t make sense to me.

6 posted on 11/02/2012 7:32:09 PM PDT by deport
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To: SaraJohnson

I know everyone in NY/NJ aren’t liberal loons and didn’t ask for Sandy but got it anyway. Unfortunately, the majority in these states have made their bed with democrats/unions/libs/etc. and will have to lie in it. The chickens are coming home to roost for everyone in these areas whether they want it or deserve it. I just feel bad for the people who are stuck there and can’t get out or for those who are trying to stay and help others and turn things around.

Down with the union things!

7 posted on 11/02/2012 7:34:56 PM PDT by Mr Fuji
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To: Ron C.

Ahhhhhh.....New Jersey Democrats.....They don’t just look the gift horse in the mouth, they shoot it, too.

8 posted on 11/02/2012 7:55:26 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Ron C.

April 25, 2011, Alabama got smashed by those tornadoes that clobbered Tuscaloosa and Bham, and an area one mile from my home. Crews from many states came here to Alabama to help put all the lines back up. Our folks went to repay the kindness shown by others. If these communists fools are going to let their people freeze because of stupid unions, then come home guys. You did the right thing by going. The Good Lord will reward you for your kindness, even tho fools refused it.

9 posted on 11/02/2012 7:59:23 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (The Scriptures clearly tell us we are in the last days, the end times. Christ is the only answer!)
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To: blueunicorn6
The unions turned one group away, then the union tries to say that it wouldn't do that - after they did.

You betcha - they looked the gift-horse in the mouth and shot it! Then denied that they did!

10 posted on 11/02/2012 7:59:25 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

I know the Public Communications Director for Huntsville Utilities. I actually asked him about that tonight.

He said that Huntsville Utilities was nat asked to sign any union papers. He did say that FEMA regulations required them to have a contract with the NEw York power company so that accurate re-inbursment can be made. Union vs non -union pat scale. But they were NOT asked down at the line man level.

The Decatur crew was asked to affiliate with the union before they went in.They would not, so they started looking around for other places to help out. Apparently, there was a lot of paper work and red tape i Jersey, and the other places were getting the crews needed, so they decided to come back.

They were not “turned away”, but the unions were trying to force the issue.

11 posted on 11/02/2012 8:13:33 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Ron C.

13 posted on 11/02/2012 8:15:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (
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To: SaraJohnson

Weather forecast is for temperatures to drop to the 30’s in New York by Tuesday. Definitely NOT a time to be turning away qualified repair crews. Despicable to do so.

14 posted on 11/02/2012 8:21:08 PM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: SaraJohnson
what will happen is that ALL of the rebuilding will have to be done by "union" people....a payoff to the unions and their democrat support...thus, the rebuilding will be delayed, and much more expensive to do....

you think Bloomberg is going to allow non union workers in?.....

its such a horrible statement on our country....

15 posted on 11/02/2012 9:35:14 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Bryan24

But didn’t Obama say to “cut through the red tape”?

Who has more to say in NJ, the Governor the president or the unions?

16 posted on 11/03/2012 3:01:02 AM PDT by Lacey2
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To: Ron C.

They were turning off onto 495 headed toward Baltimore, which is the way you go to NY/NJ around here.

17 posted on 11/03/2012 7:35:24 AM PDT by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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