Six volunteers with an utility crew from Alabama that showed up to help in Seaside Heights, New jersey, were told to join the union or go away. So they did. Now we are hearing similar stories.
A Georgia Power utility company was also turned away because the guys that drove up to New York to help out refused to sign International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union (IBEW) papers.
“They worked in Maryland, and they went up to New York, and when they got up there it was, ‘out come the union papers.’”
“And our guys were like, ‘Hey, we’re not joining nothing. We came up to help, but if you don’t want it, that’s fine.’ So they turned around and drove all the way back here to Georgia.”
The same thing happened in Long Island with Florida non-union utility workers. Because of union demands, there were delays, and in some case crews stayed home.
This is why it's taking so long to get electricity back to the residents of certain areas in New Jersey and New York. Unacceptable and shameful, especially since the northeast is short of workers to speedily get things back on track. The last thing you demand of someone that is willing to help you clean up is to join a union.