Skip to comments.Davisburg trucker turned away in NYC after hauling power transformers
Posted on 11/03/2012 1:53:07 PM PDT by lowbridge
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it seems to be pretty clear that residents of New York City and the surrounding areas could use all the help they can get.
However, a Davisburg man said some people in the area are more interested in protecting their turf than in distributing those supplies to the masses.
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.
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Look for the Union Libel...
The IBEW really should switch PR firms. This stinks.
Aren’t these union work rules an example of red tape and bureaucracy?
Didn’t Obama say that there would be no red tape or bureaucracy?
What’s the deal here? Can’t we waive regulations such as union work rules when there is a national disaster? Has this been officially declared a disaster? State of emergency? Why is this happening; it’s not the first time that non-union people have been turned away during Sandy.
Proud union work, all of it.
For twice the cost and half the work.
And the unions can own the fail too.
Union supporting New Yorkers deserve everything they get. I am having difficultly in finding any sympathy for these people.
And the unions and governors will declare this isn’t happening.
Wow, unbelievable. At a time like this, they care only about Numero Uno.
Why hasn’t Barry sent in the National Guard to get these union knuckledraggers under control? The military should be escorting these people trying to get New Yawk and New Jersey back on line. The people living up there need help. They don’t give a damn if those helping are union or non-union.
I sympathize with them. Thanks to unions, they’re being screwed for a longer period of time. At least, that’s one possible result, unless union workers are there to pick up the equipment and install it.
The union mentality mirrors the leftist ‘entitlement mentality’. It’s all about ME! Great publicity.
New York and New Jersey need RTW laws.
Barry Benghazi says a lot of things, but the truth is rarely among them.
144 transformers. That means thousands of people just had their power restoration delayed.
The National Guard was denied entry in NYC by Mayor Bloomberg - he didn’t want personnel with guns in his city. Seriously.
I have no sympathy. They are wallowing in the sewer they made of their homes.
I hope there is at least one honest elected politician or public bureaucrat who WILL prosecute these union thugs for criminal negligence.
I know what the people who have been in the dark must feel about unions about now...
Me? I would... (deleted to avoid a Freeper timeout)
Doomberg isn’t right in the head. He needs to stick to pushing the button to drop the ball on New Year’s Eve, hiding the salt shakers and smearing the Big Gulps. Everything else is way above his pay grade.
How incredibly selfish and stupid these people are! The aid was to be dropped off, then the trucks would be on their way home. The union jobs weren’t being threatened in any way.
Same thing with the utility workers. They help restore the power, they are being paid by their current employer and they are gone in a week. Not a single union member loses a job because of the caring of others and people have their power back sooner.
It should be a win win, right? Not to the unthinking, knee jerk unions. Unfortunately, those unions are creating ill will with their childish petulance. The residents will remember why it took so long for the electric to come back on.
They want to make their own bed...let them.
Send that help where it is apprciated.
Oh...and those tough NYers....no tax charity either.
Remember, Barry is in debt to the unions for his election and doesn’t care about the general population. Remember that his illegal ‘bankruptcy’ help to GM & Chrysler gave ownership of the 2 companies to the UAW, not the bond holders.
Barry will support the unions and everyone else be damned...but he will have nice photo ops mouthing good and helpful words aka lies.
Unions would rather see citizens there suffer and even die than to allow Americans who don’t need a socialist thug organization help out. Unions are as vile and despicable as today’s Democrat Party.
Got two trucks headed to NJ. Hope there’s no problem. I’ll never go to LA no matter what after Katrina. LOVE Mississippi
Please tell me folks..How is this different than other kinds of organized crime? People are dying in NYC for lack of heat and energy that those transformers could help to address and these Union thugs are ruling the city and will not allow them to be delivered?!!!!!! Where is responsible government anyway..Tell me if you know..I think it doesn’t exist. If individuals do not do what they can to prepare to help themselves and their neighbors, then little help is to be found. Government takes our money and lives lavishly and they see to it that their cronies live large, too. They could not care a bit about the rest of us when disaster occurs. You are whistling past the graveyard if you think government is going to take care of you. God help those poor people on Statin Island.
Let's be clear. This is the UNION.
International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers
Class action suit?
“Yo - nutin’ moves on these docks if youse ain't union.”
Unions are all about themselves. Everyone else be damned. Right to work laws are good for everyone except those who have a monopoly and the democratic party.
I suspect the clean up and repair from this storm system will take twice as long and cost three times as much as it should. That really pisses me off since we all pay taxes for it and my kids will have to pay back the borrowed/printed money to pay these goons.
America has lost it’s mind. Between the Chicago teachers (boy, there is a bunch that deserves a raise huh?) and this, I hope enough people wake up to tell the unions where to stick it!
Well, I am going to look for the union label, and NOT PURCHASE. Down with the Unions and China.
I read fair amount of old newspapers. The unions were awful even during WWII.
This is what will happen in Michigan if Prop 2 passes here. Am I wrong?
Only takes a few days living in a highrise without electricity to turn you into a hard core Republican.
If the governor had any he’d tell the ‘mayor’ to stick it - it’s his national guard to command and NYC is just a part of NY. Mayor has no authority over the NG
I didn’t say label.
Is this just a Union thing? This is like the third time we’ve heard them turn away help....
Plus no gas and free gas...but not for you gas...
And FEMA out of water?
And no National Guard on Coney Island?
Is this all just bad coordination or ...is Sandy-gate unfolding before our very eyes. Is this that Reichstag moment we’ve been looking for?
It is time the President put his money (um, OUR money) where is mouth it. He needs to make a very public statement condemning the refusal to accept help from any non-union source.
IIRC, the NYC unions were also responsible for keeping the snow plows off the streets, causing the city to shut down for a few days last winter.
Surely, you jest!
I know I am saying this out of anger, but it is the truth...The U.S. has to be one of the most crooked countries in the world.
Even the little Republic of Panama passed a law a couple of years ago stating no person was required to join a union if that person did not want to.
The unions are a big reason why prices are so out of whack in the U.S. and why businesses are seeking else where in other countries to manufacture their goods.
Well, that’s OK. I won’t send my donation since the union is taking care of everything. I’d be afraid, if I sent a check, it would go in their pockets like it did with GM. I’ll save my money for the next disaster (or buy ammo).
The unions are probably afraid that the non-union crews will be seen doing the tasks, better, smarter, and faster then the union slugs.
You're kidding, right? The knuckledraggers are the ones who helped get the anointed one anointed. And he knows he'll need them to steal the election.
144 transformers. That means thousands of people just had their power restoration delayed.
Soon every healthcare worker in the US will be forced into a union. Think about that.
I’ll don my tin foil hat and say I can’t help but wonder if these Union a$$hats have their orders and this has to do with somehow,delaying the election or at least throwing a wrench into it’s gears this Tuesday.
The IBEW is the biggest bunch of thugs on Earth.
Way worse than the Teamsters, or SEIU.
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