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IBEW Members Respond to Hurricane Sandy
IBEW ^ | November 1, 2012 | IBEW

Posted on 11/03/2012 1:06:21 PM PDT by mdittmar

Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc across the Eastern Seaboard, from North Carolina to New England, knocking down power lines, and flooding coastal communities. Hardest hit were New York and New Jersey, leaving more than a million residents without power and many without homes.

 


IBEW members from throughout the country are pitching in to restore power and fix damaged infrastructure.

“Devastating,” Wall, N.J., Local 1289 Business Manager Edward Stroup, III, says about Sandy.

Stroup represents workers at Jersey Central Power and Light – a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. – which provides power to more than 1 million central New Jersey residents. He says:

There are houses that have been totaled, houses that are almost beyond repair, massive infrastructure problems – it’s a huge mess.

His linemen are working around the clock to help get tens of thousands of customers’ power back on. The company says the priority is responding to hazardous situations and fixing major infrastructure damage, like substation and transmission facilities.

Says Stroup:

There are lines with multiple problems, which have to be fixed. It seems like there are trees down on every block and if it didn’t hit a house, it took out a power line.

Safety is both the IBEW’s and company’s top goal, he says, reporting no injuries despite the dangerous nature of the work.

Hardest hit has been the Jersey Shore, with the oceanfront communities of Atlantic City and Asbury Park overrun by flooding that tore up boardwalks and homes.

Says Atlantic City Local 210 Business Manager Charles Hill:

Massive tidal surges covered the roads in over three feet of sand. They’ve got snow plows working to clear the roads.

Hill says they’ve got everyone working to clean-up the damage, with help from IBEW linemen from across the country and inside wiremen from Folsom Local 351.

The Washington, D.C. metro-area, hit bad by last summer’s derecho storms, was largely spared the widespread damage seen in the Northeast, says Washington, D.C. Local 1900 Business Manager Jim Griffin, who represents workers at Pepco.

In fact, the local is sending a team of more than 20 workers, who specialize in underground line work, to New York City, which was hit by floods and blackouts that shut down the subway system and darkened lower Manhattan.  

Says Griffin:

Much of ConEd’s system is underground, so they need all the help they can get. It will be a long process just to pump all the water out.

IBEW linemen from areas outside the storm region are also working to clean up the damage.

Paducah, Ky., Local 816 member Dustin Croley is in Massachusetts to help restore power.

Waiting out the worst of the storm on Cape Cod, he told hometown WPSD-TV:

It didn’t rain a lot but the wind got really bad, broke a lot of trees, and the power went out several times.



TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fema; hurricanesandy; ibew; katrina; sandy; union; unions
They seem concerned,you would think they would welcome some help?
1 posted on 11/03/2012 1:06:23 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

fu ibew


2 posted on 11/03/2012 1:07:48 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: mdittmar

Concerned that they get the credit (and overtime) and that non union dues paying workers don’t mess with their turf.


3 posted on 11/03/2012 1:09:36 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: mdittmar

Good news I guess. It’s just too bad that it is going to take longer and cost more to get the job done with union help doing it.


4 posted on 11/03/2012 1:12:39 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The Red Cross says, Vote For Obama!)
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To: Rusty0604

Dang right, they want that double time and triple time, ALL of it.


5 posted on 11/03/2012 1:14:02 PM PDT by wrench
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To: mdittmar

We’re known for our hospitality and love of country in the South. We also have long memories. I don’t think our boys will be so quick to help next time.


6 posted on 11/03/2012 1:14:42 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: mdittmar

Shove it up your collective and very smelly Obamas, IBEW.


7 posted on 11/03/2012 1:15:01 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

This was NOT the people of New Jersey, at least not the part I’m from (rural/suburban, not the big cities). These were thugs who represent no one, not even many of their union members.


8 posted on 11/03/2012 1:16:07 PM PDT by laconic
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To: Da Coyote

The longer they take, the more they make.


9 posted on 11/03/2012 1:17:15 PM PDT by Radix ("..Democrats are holding a meeting today to decide whether to overturn the results of the election.")
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To: mdittmar
A bunch of low life union scum bags. They are completely pathetic. They rely on group thuggery because there isn't a real man amongst them. They lack all ability for independent thought and need to be told what to do by their Rat union leaders. They are so frickin’ stupid that they don't realize that their union dues line the pockets of those that don't give a damn about union members.
10 posted on 11/03/2012 1:20:20 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (I advocate indentured servitude for the 47% until the national debt is eliminated.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Amen! Our linemen are some of the best due to a lot of practice fixing power after tornadoes. Like I said before, New York and New Jersey are on their own. It’s a long drive from GA, Alabama and other Southern cities to be turned away.


11 posted on 11/03/2012 1:20:42 PM PDT by Melinda in TN
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To: mdittmar
When I worked for Boston Edison the Company had a Clause in the Contract that suspended “All Work Rules” in the case of a declared emergency and for bad Union Business on Company time, we hired the contractors we needed Union or Non.
12 posted on 11/03/2012 1:20:58 PM PDT by Little Bill (A)
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To: mdittmar

They want to maximize their earnings with as much overtime as possible. The people who suffer will be the ones who are going to spend far too long without power, because these greedy, selfish goons rejected the non-union workers from out of state.


13 posted on 11/03/2012 1:24:58 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: Moorings

Your democrat leadership in action.


14 posted on 11/03/2012 1:26:36 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: mdittmar
Stroup represents workers at Jersey Central Power and Light – a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. – which provides power to more than 1 million central New Jersey residents. He says: There are houses that have been totaled, houses that are almost beyond repair, massive infrastructure problems – it’s a huge mess. His linemen are working around the clock to help get tens of thousands of customers’ power back on. The company says the priority is responding to hazardous situations and fixing major infrastructure damage, like substation and transmission facilities.

I'd like him to explain this email a colleague of mine received about 48 hours ago.

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - The Township of Robbinsville is both embarrassed and frustrated by the lack of restoration response from Jersey Central Power & Light, a FirstEnergy company. This is the second time in 14 months that PSE&G has outperformed the JCP&L utility following a major natural weather event, each of which was predicted several days in advance. At this time we estimate 90 percent of PSE&G customers have been restored in Robbinsville, while 100 percent of affected JCP&L customers still had no power as of noon Thursday. We have been petitioning New Jersey Legislators to allow towns such as ours to opt-out of service areas where providers such as JCP&L have been unresponsive to customers.

15 posted on 11/03/2012 1:32:16 PM PDT by NJRighty (AB0)
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To: mdittmar

As a member of the IBEW when I was younger, I can confirm that the leadership are indeed thugs and thieves.


16 posted on 11/03/2012 1:33:33 PM PDT by Salvey
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To: Moorings

Poetic justice, no? Parasites depending on other parasites to get their section of the host alive and healthy again?


17 posted on 11/03/2012 1:34:35 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: laconic
These were thugs who represent no one, not even many of their union members.

Yes, yes, yes. We hear the same rhetoric from CAIR after every "man caused disaster".

Strangely, we never hear condemnation of the terrorists or the Thugs from other members of their cult or union.

18 posted on 11/03/2012 2:02:39 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1383 of the Obama hostage crisis - Barack Hussein Obama an enemy BOTH foreign AND domestic)
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To: Da Coyote

There was another thread regarding the IBEW and out of state

My dad was a 40 year employee at JCP&l. He was a lineman and he did suplenent our lives by working in every climate you can imagine; heat waves, blizzard’s, nor easterners. He would go to work in the middle of the evening after a days regular scheduled work, because the phone rang. If he left that evening, he usually didn’t come home until the end of the next day. He lived for overtime. Because of his hard work and always taking that call to go in when climate is worst, he was compensated double time & yes sometimes tripple time. My dad also left for weeks on time to aid in crisis of other states needing lineman work sent by JCP&L.

The ibew of JCPL is not a ibew that, per se, does construction. It a “shop union “.

The last strike by JCP&l in 2004 or was ineffective by labor.

Jcpl is not the sort of union as strong as ibew 3 or ibew itself.

They should accept all help, I grew up in the Bayshore area and the pictures my ma is showing of the neigberhood is breathtakingly amazingly & sadining all at once.

My dad retired a couple years ago as a company Guy, he had the right idea to by a gigantic generator for the house to power the necessities for 96 hours. They have no power and they are on there way here to GA to get be comfortable. No damage to their home, but the place unopperable.


19 posted on 11/03/2012 2:07:33 PM PDT by guyfromjrz (fresh breath, it speaks for itself.)
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To: guyfromjrz

Pardon the grammar, mis-spelling and fractured verbiage, wrote this on my phone.


20 posted on 11/03/2012 2:12:40 PM PDT by guyfromjrz (fresh breath, it speaks for itself.)
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To: Rusty0604

I’m amazed at the arrogance of the IBEW...to assume that those non-union folks would come in to the area, and decide to stay beyond the storm recovery effort.
The only reason for these out-of-towners to be in the area is to help the residents get back to some semblance of normalcy. I can’t imagine that any of them would arrive, look around, and say, “Yep, this looks like a place I could call home.”
The IBEW is as much to blame for the stalled recovery efforts as is FEMA (ill prepared, despite their crowing self-promotion), and 0bama (campaigning while the east coast shivers and starves).

Truly, this is the best of the libtards...


21 posted on 11/03/2012 2:48:37 PM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: Salvey

Gangsters. Look how they have to wear their colors all the time with the Local #99 crap. It’s their entire identity. How pathetic.


22 posted on 11/03/2012 2:59:47 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: mdittmar

Apparently Con Ed and The Pols, Bloomie and Cuomo are drinking some powerful mind altering crap. Just awhile ago, “Scabulis” was praising Bloomie for his leadership in this crisis. Just one clueless pol ass kissing another pol. She also told Bloomie that he was giving good medical advice by telling the “people” not to drink the storm water. No mention of the bodies being found or of the looting that has been going on in the hard hit areas. Then the Mayor really got upset when a “reporter” instead of kissing his honors rump, had the nerve to ask a question about what happened to change his mind about the Marathon. And they also announced that if any local leader called to ask for help and didn’t get an answer in 15 mins, well they could just call the big O directly. They just forgot to say where the big O was campaigning at this time. Just another day in fantasy land.


23 posted on 11/03/2012 3:27:51 PM PDT by JimC214
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We just got power back last evening at about 6:45; a blessing, considering that we were told it could take until Wednesday. The IBEW HQ is about three munutes from my house. It’s the one with “no foreign cars to be parked on this property” sign. I guess the big boss hides his Mercedes around back...


24 posted on 11/04/2012 7:02:08 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: laconic

Then perhaps the people of New Jersey should do something about them.


25 posted on 11/04/2012 9:50:39 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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