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Non-union power crews welcomed in
NJ to help restore service, state says

NorthJersey.com, by John Reitmeyer

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Posted By:liblady, 11/2/2012 3:25:01 PM

New Jersey’s power companies are stressing today that they are accepting help from both union and non-union crews during the massive effort to restore power to those still in the dark in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. (Snip)We are accepting any available resource,” said Karen Johnson, a spokeswoman for PSE&G.
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Reply 1 - Posted by: liblady, 11/2/2012 3:27:38 PM     (No. 8982967)

Sounds like it was just confusion. I posted another longer article which got closed since the staff said it was a one sentence post - but it was actually quite a long article.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Iconoclast, 11/2/2012 3:28:47 PM     (No. 8982974)

You must post more than one sentence from the article.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: liblady, 11/2/2012 3:30:59 PM     (No. 8982981)

Oh - well it was the first paragraph. Anyway both union and non union workers are currently working in NJ -and they are needed and very much appreciated by the people up here.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 11/2/2012 3:43:25 PM     (No. 8983023)

There was no confusion, this is CYA by the state. From a CBS article previously posted FTA:" "Upon arriving at a staging area in Virginia, crews were held in place pending clarification of documents received from IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) that implied a requirement of our employees to agree to union affiliation while working in the New York and New Jersey areas. It was and remains our understanding that agreeing to those requirements was a condition of being allowed to work in those areas."

So much for cutting the red tape, if reading this correctly the Unions are demanding the volunteer help JOIN the union before they could work. IMHO, the first report was accurate.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: liblady, 11/2/2012 3:49:36 PM     (No. 8983045)

then explain why in the same article this is stated: "Utilities from other right-to-work states have also reported their crews working in New York and New Jersey, including repair crews with Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas assisting in New York State. Florida Power & Light sent more than 860 employees and contractors to assist seven utility companies from Virginia to New Jersey." Non-union workers ARE working in NJ - and we here do appreciate the tremendous job they are doing.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: FunOne, 11/2/2012 3:56:31 PM     (No. 8983063)

Note to non-union power crews:
Do not embarrass the local union crews.
Work very slow, take at least 20 minutes of break time per hour, and have twice as many people with you as you would normally need to complete the task.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jhpeters2, 11/2/2012 3:57:55 PM     (No. 8983065)

Just who is paying these people? Oh, yeah, you and me. I wonder, will the union folks work for free or "Donate" their services? See the problem? Unions don't give a damn, all non-union workers do, and they are turned away. Gotta love those democrats.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: disasterman, 11/2/2012 3:59:49 PM     (No. 8983074)

I work for Florida Power & Light (FPL division of next Era Energy) and those guys are all IBEW so the locals would let them in. Union or not our guys are the best in the biz at storm restoration and the rest of the power companies know it. That said I don't doubt for a second that the locals in NJ would reject the non union workers.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 11/2/2012 4:04:31 PM     (No. 8983092)

Sounds like CYA.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: AGGW, 11/2/2012 4:04:34 PM     (No. 8983093)

Love #6 post.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: oh-heck, 11/2/2012 4:06:29 PM     (No. 8983098)

This is the curse of any field work. You come to work and someone waves a piece of paper in your face. If you sign, you can work. When you read the paper, you don't like what you read. Some sign, some don't. Morons, if you really want the help, lose the paper. And admit that your requirement drove some help away.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: woodsman, 11/2/2012 4:20:53 PM     (No. 8983142)

"Non-union power crews welcomed in
NJ to help restore service, state says"

- just fill out the union card when you check in

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Reply 13 - Posted by: fritzilou, 11/2/2012 4:30:31 PM     (No. 8983159)

Good news, because they can not do it without them. Hurricane Andrew drew help from all over the country. for power restoration. No one asked if they were union.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: sinic, 11/2/2012 4:31:22 PM     (No. 8983161)

If you have to replace a light bulb, just make sure there are at least 3 union workers there to make sure it's done right. YOU screw in the bulb....WE'LL watch. What time's break? I'm gettin' paid for break, right? How much OT we gettin' for this gig? Somebody told me about some old fard that needed power for dialysis!! Tough shirt, geezer. Better drink a lot of water!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: franq, 11/2/2012 4:54:44 PM     (No. 8983219)

Major CYA.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: civilservant, 11/2/2012 5:02:33 PM     (No. 8983238)

7 shout outs of love to the Wan, and all we get is a te[id statement from Christie's spokesperson on this issue. Nice.
I see from the article we have comments from Utilities, pols and Outa state Utilities.

Not ONE WORD from the Unions welcoming their non-union brethren to help out.
Nor from the Union's lawyers.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: mathman, 11/2/2012 5:05:24 PM     (No. 8983245)

Just another Dem lie.
Non-Union crews NOT welcome in NJ.
"We're working for the union until the day we die."
So go to Staten Island, for goodness sake.

But forget NJ.

NJ is a Union State.

Otherwise they will beat you up.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: pickle1, 11/2/2012 5:15:39 PM     (No. 8983272)

This is after the fact and sounds like a big lie. They are making this statement after the fact.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Hotrod, 11/2/2012 6:22:04 PM     (No. 8983455)

PPSE&G is not running things in New Jersey, the union is. It doesn't matter what this spokesman says, the facts are the facts!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Trigger2, 11/3/2012 5:02:57 AM     (No. 8984137)

A utility foreman was on tv yesterday (voice only) saying that yes, NJ refused his crew from AL who were donating both time and equipment to help NJ restore their electricity. He said the crew was already sent back to AL.

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