Utility crews from several states East of the Mississippi River hit the road this week to volunteer their time and talents in Northeastern states hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. But crews from Alabama got the shock of their lives when other workers in a coastal New Jersey town told them they couldn’t lend a hand without a union card. Derrick Moore, who works for Decatur Utilities in Decatur, Ala., told WAFF-TV in Huntsville that crews in Seaside Heights, N.J. turned him and his crewmates away, saying they couldn’t do any work there because they’re not union employees..
It is amazing how liberals respond to disasters. Always political (blame it on global warming, embrace Emperor Obama, where are your union cards?). This is like that scene from "The Blues Brothers" when Jake (John Belushi) asks the Good Ol' Boys band from Tennessee where their union cards are.
New Jersey needs mega help, but they have politicized their needs by announcing that non-union utility personnel need not apply to offer assistance. More than a few people out here are wondering what kind of 'deal' Chris Christie made with the pro-union president. .... Whew! Lots of sympathy for New Jersey just evaporated!
They will keep voting the Democrats in. Nothing will be learned here. Their Governor gave Obama a cheap photo-op and he has moved on to more important things (like his own campaign). Let them sit in the dark. Get used to it.
Don't blame the whole state for the actions of the union thugs. I've no doubt that this will end up hurting the unions in the long run as the public will come to see them as the political machine they are without any concern for the best interests of the people.
What ever respect I had for Governor Christy is now completely gone. What a complete money grubbing weasel. I hope the people from Alabama come home to the south and let these idiot people fend for themselves. After all the marathon must go on.
This is disgusting on so many levels. Drudge needs to pick up this story if he hasn't already. I was always told "Never look a gift horse in the mouth". More Americans need to be aware of what's going on with the Union thugs Øbama regime. I hope Rush picks this up also. If you vote for Øbama you get what you deserve, more Union Thugs in control.
They didn't want Bush's new power grid now we southern first responders aren't welcome without a union card, and they routinely elect pols who cut the nation off from our own Coal gas and oil. Yep, getting hard to fell sympathy for the Garden state. Oh, I left out their complaining about Romney's sending aid.
Fox and Friends just talked about this story, so yes, it is getting out there. Its not surprising to anyone who has lived and seen how powerful the unions are in NJ. Don't expect this will be known in the MSM... although, things are deteriorating quickly in the NE.Tempers are starting to flare over the lack of common sense.
I live in Ma and Granny Warren running for the US senate against Scott Brown is very proud with her endorsement by all her union buddies. I wonder if she has any comment about the actions of these union folks refusing help to get the power back on in NJ. These guys support democrats all the time and now we see what they really think of the people in need. Unions first... democrats second.... people in need THIRD....
A friend of mine is an insurance claims adjuster (primarily flood claims) and is preparing to go to NJ/NY this weekend for several months of claims service.
He tells me that his experience in that area is that most contractors (my bet many unionized) there do shoddy work and they have a history of many claims requiring multiple re-dos. Part of the problem is almost every homeowner has a "contractor friend," most of them inept.
There were people crying last night that they have been forgotten or ignored. Their street was a mess. There was no help. I wondered why they just didn't get out and clean the street themselves. You don't see southerners whining about this - they get out there with gloves on their hands and get to work.
If they only want union help - then they can just sit amid the garbage until help gets to them.
I'm missing something. The article says that 'crews' turned away the volunteer help. Aren't 'crews' employees who work for someone? Who - in authority - actually told these volunteers that they could not help? Who 'owns' the electrical lines and the power grid and did they determine that help could only be union?
In short, where is the short list of names of people who should be held accountable for this stupidity?
In the comments section there was one woman writing about how only union people know how to 'do it right.' That they 'work all day and go to school at night.' Horse hockey! I would put the southern line crews up against any crew, any place. These southern people have years of get-it-done experience those yankees don't even know about. The TVA crews on my own system are outstanding.
Then Matt Lauer had a special this morning on 'unlicensed contractors' who are 'preying' on devastated citizens. There were film clips of workers helping get trees off of houses and cars, then the licensing inspector comes around and makes them stop because they haven't paid to play...
Tis reminds me of a story from junior high school. One of my friends was originally from up North and her dad was a union meat worker there. He worked at a local plant-don't know if it was union, this is in Georgia, but a national company.
She came to school one morning very upset-seems her mother had asked her to run to the store before breakfast to pick up some bacon for their eggs. She did, and when she got back her father flipped out. It was a pack of "non union" produced meat. (Wha???Like she would have known the difference. Like anyone would.).
I don't know if he hit her (she was very, very upset and started bawling so we kind of assumed...) but he definately had shouted at her and called her some pretty vile things and then threw the food away. Threw food away??
I knew from that point that people in unions can be demented. I mean, she would never talk about it again but we could tell...it was very, very bad, whatever happened.
Yeah, this is them- your Union first, your family, your neighbors, your sanity and everything else after.
You can all call me a fool, but as for Christie and NJ's unions, they get along PERFECTLY together. Christie pretends to go after the paucity of public officials 'double dipping'(around 2,000 people over the last 20 years) and lets the 400,000 municipal, county and state government workers continue to do NOTHING(except fill check boxes on a Fed. form) steal their paychex each and every week..........with a little 'taste' for the Unions ala 'dues'. Furthermore, Bloomberg's support of the Wan and Christie's tour, IMHO was a set-up. Bloomie got to play tough one day, and the next he provides his endorsement.
RINO's ARE destroying this country, and I am sickened by the idol worship HERE for a man who was NEVER a conservative. The community here had filled Mr. Christie "like an empty glass, filled with the hopes and dreams" JUST LIKE THE LEFT DID TO OBAMA.
Hate to be the fly in the southern ointment, but whiners, slackers and union thugs come in all colors, shapes and sizes and from all areas of the country. We all saw more than a few of the same after Katrina which, if I remember correctly, devastated our Southern shores and surrounding areas.
Southern utility crews are probably the best when it comes to restoring power after a disaster. Unfortunately, they are experienced with all the tornados and hurricanes we have to deal with in our Southern states. Sad that the union comes before compassion.
I have very little respect for Chris Christie now. He is governor of the state. He should be able to do something about the union thugs. Instead he walks around with Obama, kissing his ring. Well, 3 days later, people are cold and hungry. How's that working out for you, Chris? I'd love to hear Ann Coulter's comments. Thank goodness this man decided not to run for president. Can't be trusted. As for the Alabama crew... move on to Long Island or someplace where you are wanted and appreciated.
Gotta be careful with union thugs - defy them and violence will result. Was once at an animal shelter in NY that had a satellite facility on LI. We offered to transport some animals that needed to be moved, to save someone an unnecessary trip. We were told in no uncertain terms by the union drivers, that if we did, they would slash our tires before we could get out of the parking lot.
My sister lived in Orange, NJ many years ago. She discribed NJ as the arm pit of the nation. I believe she was a little too high up in her body parts. A-hole of the nation seems to fit the discription.
As I said in the Must Read thread above, these Alabama boys came to help us out after the ice storm in NW Arkansas. Really nice people and worked their buns off.
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