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Unbelievable! NJ union thugs turn away help from non-union Alabama utility crews

Home - by - November 3, 2012 - 12:00 America/New_York - 24 Comments


Want to help restore power here in New Jersey? You gotta show a union card. No card? Go home.

How desperate is hurricane-ravaged New Jersey? Not desperate enough to suspend a union monopoly that keeps the state in the bottom ten states for economic competitiveness (and #48 for business friendliness). Relief crews from Alabama who were specifically called to New Jersey found themselves diverted to Long Island, NY after they arrived because they use non-union labor. Alabama is a right-to-work state.

WAFF TV reports from Huntsville, Alabama:

Crews from Decatur Utilities and Joe Wheeler out of Trinity headed up there this week, but Derrick Moore, one of the Decatur workers, said they were told by crews in New Jersey that they can’t do any work there since they’re not union employees.

The crews that are in Roanoke, Virginia say they are just watching and waiting even though they originally received a call asking for help from Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

The crews were told to stand down. In fact, Moore said the crew from Trinity is already headed back home.

Understandably, Moore said they’re frustrated being told “thanks, but no thanks.”

I have a friend who saw some Alabama utility trucks caravaning up the Turnpike. He was excited — “Wow, guys are coming here from Alabama? Cool!”

Now those same guys are headed home.




  1. I'm Your Huckleberry

    November 3rd, 2012

    Too bad for those who needed their power on…for a utility crew to drive a 1000 miles, on their own dime, and time, and then endure this crapfest… no sympathy for those who will not see… Have a great time, waiting on FEMA to fix your power problem

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  2. Loretta in Indiana

    November 3rd, 2012

    I hope that this bites New Jersey in the butt. Nobody should visit New Jersey, for any reason.

    The Atlantic City casinos and its boardwalk can remain in smithereens.

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  3. Carlos The Jackal

    November 3rd, 2012

    Anyone who thinks unions are motivated by anything but pure greed need to see this.

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  4. OpenTheDoor

    November 3rd, 2012

    Counted them, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,,, Ten true power trucks heading north on I-95 The Count came, he saw and he counted.
    Bunch of union assholes. Count them!

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  5. Unneutral

    November 3rd, 2012

    While they’re waiting for the power lines to be fixed maybe they can get by with some wind or solar power…..or not.

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  6. Edith McCrotch

    November 3rd, 2012

    Union pricks as always.

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  7. GomeznSA

    November 3rd, 2012

    Not a surprise at all, it just shows the true face of ‘unions’. As others have noted they are ONLY about their ‘power’ – and yet there are still people out there who think the ‘unions’ look out for the little guy – hmmmmm – sounds suspiciously like a certain political party………….

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  8. Blink

    November 3rd, 2012

    Perhaps this willingness to increase the suffering of the people will wake up the citizens of N.J to do something to rein in union power.

    In Sept after the derecho storm knocked out power to 80% of the homes in my home state. It took over a month to restore power to everyone.

    One day I counted over 40 power trucks on I-64 driving toward the state capitol. All of them from Okla. Similar numbers of trucks from other states like Alabama, Miss. Ohio and Va, were seen in smaller groups for weeks restoring power. However, N.J. isn’t covered in mountains like my state so the work could go a little faster there.

    The N.J. union thugs are going to delay restoration of power for weeks. I hope the rest of the citizens give them the appropriate reward afterward.

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  9. Moe tom

    November 3rd, 2012

    I just heard they were invited back to New Jersey.
    How brutally stupid these union die hards are. Assholes.

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  10. Ricky

    November 3rd, 2012

    considering this was a natural disaster, I think the government needs to step up and pass new legislation that would fine unions for doing this under these circumstances…this should be considered criminal!

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  11. Chellep

    November 3rd, 2012

    I live in Decatur, Alabama, and you could not find nicer, more qualified people than our workers here, to help restore power up North. After all the tornadoes over the years, these guys get a lot of practice. I feel badly for the residents of NJ, but they elected those a*holes that let the unions take control. We’re from Seattle, and would never go back after living here in Alabama.

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  12. serfer62

    November 3rd, 2012

    Crispy Creme sure showed how to handle this situation…kiss the Punk’s (POTUS) ass for photo ops should do it.

    Guess that skinny-blond-palinhating bitchs choice of VP just got flushed…oops no water

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  13. Smaj

    November 3rd, 2012

    Let them freeze and starve, then.

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  14. sTevo

    November 3rd, 2012

    Yesterday I was driving home from Atlanta. While on I-81, 90 minutes south of Roanoke, I saw dozens of utility trucks headed South.

    At this rate, I could give a rats ass if NJ ever got its power back.

    yet, the Jug Eared Fuck (JEF)is cutting all kinds of red tape.

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  15. Stranded in Sonoma

    November 3rd, 2012

    Alabama is a right-to-work state.

    All states are right to work states! If one person has a right then all people have the same right. The difference here is that Alabama is NOT a forced-unionization state.

    I wish the f*ing press would get that right. Oh yeah, the enemedia. Never mind.

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  16. RightWinger

    November 3rd, 2012

    No Smaj, do not let them freeze and starve. I live in New Jersey, many like me were outraged when we heard this first reported, then the audio tapes on Hannity of the union crews. Hours after this was reported, the Union reps and the Utility company involved all jumped out to say they welcomed out of state help, though its only because of the outrage that came from the citizens they reversed course quickly.

    The biggest disappointment is Gov. Christie for not immediately jumping on the airwaves and calling out the union for this bs and promising swift action to punish those involved.

    The majority of citizens of New Jersey are not union members so lets not be so quick to say the whole state needs to freeze and not get its power back because of the outright stupidity of union thugs, which every state has in its midst I might add.

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  17. scr_north

    November 3rd, 2012

    Well, let’s see if Christie has the balls to go after that union like he went after the teachers. I’d say … probably not.

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  18. RightWinger

    November 3rd, 2012

    Christie won’t say one word now that the official spin of “its all a misunderstanding” has been woven for the public to swallow.

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  19. cfm990

    November 3rd, 2012

    Look for the union label.
    While your cold and hungry at the table.

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  20. Tim

    November 3rd, 2012

    Keep gnawing at the hand of assistance, unions and minorities – one of these days the offerers are gonna wake up to the fact that we have bloody fingers.

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  21. Graceia

    November 3rd, 2012

    I hate the “blame the victim” mentality. And yet, these are policies that the citizens of the state of New Jersey voted for.
    Sometimes people need to feel the true and complete results of their choices to make a change.

    Our citizens’ choice of Obama has also given us policies that harm. God willing, enough of us will vote for Romney and reverse this trajectory.

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  22. Bob M.

    November 3rd, 2012

    FUDGE ‘EM!!! Let the Joisey bastards sit in the “unionized DARK & COLD!!!” :x

    This is why the “UNION” were the BAD GUYS in the Civil War!!! (speaking as a tenth generation TARHEEL!)


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  23. RightWinger

    November 4th, 2012

    You do realize that the majority of the counties that cover the NJ coastline are red, aka: vote Republican. Those same counties that were hit the hardest from the storm and Seaside is in Ocean county, one of the redder counties in the state.

    Those are not the people that are overwhemlingly supporting the unions, like the blue counties that cut the state in half from Trenton/Camden to Newark. Those places are the bastions of liberalism that unfortunately have the votes to cripple the rest of the state.

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    November 14th, 2012

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