Alabama utility workers specifically called to help after Sandy were told to go elsewhere after showing up in Jew Jersey… because they’re NON UNION.
[typography font="Ubuntu Condensed" size="24" size_format="px"]‘No Red Tape’? New Jersey Turns Away Non-union Relief Crews[/typography]
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 of Hunstville, AL reports:
Crews from Huntsville, as well as 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….
Understandably, Moore said they’re frustrated being told “thanks, but no thanks.”
With so much at stake–and lives still in danger–it would seem logical to tell special interests to step aside.
There are photos of the devastation with the story… but I’m not posting them. Also not blogging directly about the aftermath of the storm. Been there, done that. Just glancing at the images makes anxiety build in my chest…
You and I both know what to do; pray and donate. Nobody needs to tell us, we just do it. And I don’t have to look at the images to know what they’re going through.
That said, this union stuff is ridiculous. They couldn’t usher their brothers-in-arms over the state line with glad hearts? Oh, hell no. The union rules like petty dictators.