Sandy-Stricken NY for Not Joining Union
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).
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, AL, reported that the devastated coastal town of Seaside Heights, NJ turned away a crew from Decatur Utilities in Decatur, AL, saying they couldn’t do any work there because they’re not union employees.
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.
“It turns out there was a 300-page contract that the union controlling LIPA [the Long Island Power Authority] wanted everybody to sign first,” the utility worker, who wanted to remain anonymous, said. “We don’t have time for that. We’ve got guys ready to go. You need lawyers for this.”
“We’re not complaining about money,” the Floridian added. “You can pay us less. We don’t care. Just let us go up there.”
Cunningham added in an email that, “[t]o have to return without assisting, to see the mess that is up there, to hear the reports of how miserable it is for many residents, just sickens me.”
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Editor's Note: And it should sicken everyone...everyone with a soul, that is...That labor unions put their organization above the people affected by a massive natural disaster is not only pathetic, it should bee viewed as criminal. The Mafia had better ethics...Now, ask yourself, with myriad labor laws on the books protecting workers, and federal arbiters available to step in where contract disputes exist between workers and ownership/management, besides extracting dues from paychecks to fund ideological and power-hungry Progressive political campaigns (Mr. Obama is certainly a beneficiary of these organizations), what do labor unions actually do for their members?
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