Non-Union Utility Workers Turned Away In New Jersey – Updated – Gov. Christie Addresses The Issue

Utility crews from Alabama drove all the way to New Jersey to help restore power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy only to be turned away because they are non-union. According to WAFF one crew turned around and went home, while other crews left New Jersey and will be helping to restore power on Long Island.

Here’s the video report. If this doesn’t tell you all you need to know about unions, I don’t know what else to say.

WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

For more see Michelle Malkin who provides a brief history of the IBEW’s history of violence and intimidation.

Update: Linked by Da TechGuy who noted that President Obama and Governor Christie made a big deal about working together and cutting red tape. Are they aware that these workers were turned away because of their union status? If so, they’re both going to have a lot of explaining to do. This is beyond reprehensible.

Update: The utility company put out a press release explaining what happened. They say they were not “turned away” but were told they would have had to sign an agreement allowing their employees to join the union in order to do work in the area. They were also told that there was no need for more utility workers. (Tell that to the people without power.) There were similar requirements in other areas, and the company said it could not agree to those requirements so the employees were sent home. So in effect, the unions did keep these workers from helping to restore power to the people who need it.

Update: According to The Blaze, Governor Christie was unaware of the unions turning away non-union help.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addressed the Alabama utility controversy during his afternoon press conference on Friday.

In short, he says the Alabama workers were on their way to New Jersey and called someone (it’s unknown who) while in Virginia. That’s when they were told they couldn’t help if they were non-union. Christie says they were given “bad information,” and such a requirement does not exist. He also said he’s talked with all the power companies involved and assured the public that if such a requirement was in place, he would exercise his power as governor to override it.

Here’s the video: