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Long Island union sent written demand to Florida utilities: Pay dues or stay home

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In a two-page Oct. 29 contract, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local 1049 demanded union dues, pay hikes and benefit contributions from Florida electric utilities before its workers would be permitted to help reconnect power to Long Island communities. The demand came as Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the Northeastern United States, stranding tens of millions without electricity.

The “Letter of Assent,” which The Daily Caller obtained from the Florida Municipal Electric Association, demanded 11 separate financial commitments from municipal power companies and electrical cooperatives in the Sunshine State. The agreement, for any utility that decided to sign it, would have been in force from Oct. 29 to Nov. 29.

Barry Moline, the association’s executive director, told TheDC that by Nov. 1 the union, based in the central Long Island town of Hauppauge, had relented and stopped insisting that nonunion crews pay dues and other union fees.

“The union director” himself placed a phone call to withdraw the letter, Moline said during a telephone interview Saturday. But that came only after Moline had notified a national trade group, the American Public Power Association, which turned outrage into action.

 

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  1. Sarge

    November 4th, 2012

    Any idea what the hourly rate is?

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  2. Anonymous

    November 4th, 2012

    Let them freeze to death in the dark

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  3. Anonymous

    November 4th, 2012

    Union thugs = communist goons!

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  4. Hillbilly Lawyers

    November 4th, 2012

    Extortion money.

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  5. scr_north

    November 4th, 2012

    Hmm, you’d think that Bloomberg (who has Scrooge McDuck type of cash) would offer to pay those dues after all the stupid bastard spent %100 million dollars on his last mayoral triumph and still almost lost to an unknown Dem. I mean it would be pocket change to the wee man.

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  6. Joe

    November 4th, 2012

    Would someone please tell me if I’m living in a parallel universe? This is unbelievable.

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  7. Txn4Evr

    November 4th, 2012

    F New Yorkers! They vote for Bloomberg, Schumer and that murdering Dyke Clinton.

    LET THEM FREEZE IN THE DARK!

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  8. tom@drum

    November 4th, 2012

    Unions, for, about, and solely for the perpetuation about the “union” nothing else matters.

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  9. scr_north

    November 4th, 2012

    er, of course I meant $100 and not %100. Damn these fingertips!

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  10. Ricky

    November 4th, 2012

    Florida electric utilities personal should give them the middle finger and drive back home.
    Let those assholes be responsible when something goes horribly wrong and another 80 homes burn down to the ground due to an electrical fire..

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  11. hanoverfist

    November 4th, 2012

    Hope you keep warm burning your dues.

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  12. serfer62

    November 4th, 2012

    This should be the start of ALL union eradication…just sent copies to legistators

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  13. chiefillinicake

    November 4th, 2012

    Tone deaf Leftards all. Whistling past their own graveyards and beating their chests like it’s 1922.

    They will not be missed.

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  14. dba_vagabond_trader

    November 4th, 2012

    If this had to happen, a pity it wasn’t a month earlier when Ubama and his beloved union buds could be properly exposed as culprits in this disaster recovery fustercluck. Where is Cuomo, doesn’t his authority outstrip that of the Bloomturd?

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  15. Tim

    November 4th, 2012

    This is the true face of greed – not the poor slob trying to keep the dollars he earned.

    “You wanna pull me outta da shit? You gonna PAY ME!”

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  16. Skewed Pole

    November 4th, 2012

    Unions have out-lived their usefulness.

    Safety is now a government concern.

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  17. Commissar M

    November 4th, 2012

    Love that IBEW commie salute logo. I noticed that a number of years ago when I saw a monthly newsletter addressed to a relative who is a reluctant IBEW member.

    I also have a friend who is a gifted electrician with 20 years experience that (officially) left the field entirely after he was forced to join IBEW in order to keep working in CA. He’s very Conservative and became staunchly anti-union after his experience with these thieving commie bastards.

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  18. davey b

    November 4th, 2012

    so much for the reciprosity between the states, the civilized and the non civlized

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  19. Nutjob

    November 4th, 2012

    So the unions care more about their union due money then the people…….damn near sounds like a new democratic motto.

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  20. FreeMan & Sarah Voting Early & Often

    November 4th, 2012

    This union is giving Hoffa a bad name

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  21. citizenjane

    November 4th, 2012

    The good people of the South arrive to help.

    The idiots of the north demand compliance to their destructive unions.

    Time to rumble. They can drill their own oil, grow their own food, and drown in their P.C. madness.

    You reap what you sow.

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  22. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    November 4th, 2012

    The south will rise again!

    And the above is why.

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  23. Lance o Lot

    November 4th, 2012

    Are we really surprised? This crap is coming from the “never let a good crisis go to waste” crowd.

    Let’s let America be America again.

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  24. grumpy

    November 5th, 2012

    Let them crawl around in the cold dark dumpster-diving for the next 2 months.

    In 04, my town in Fl, took a direct hit from a Cat IV, HUrricane Charley. Powere wasn’t restored for over 3 weeks. Our response to the power crews from outside the state was to break out the grills and cook whatever we could get our hands on to make sure they had lunch. Every trip to get bags of ice brought bags for the crews working in your area. And, when the power went on people walked the streets thanking the crews.

    NYC ? Throw garbage at them and hold’em financial hostage. Fuck’em they deserve each other.

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