Non-Union Alabama Utility Workers Denied Entry into New Jersey – Told to Stand Down (Video)

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Non-union utility workers from Alabama were called up to help out in New Jersey but when they reached the state they were denied entry.
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WAFF reported:

The hurricane-ravaged east coast has been receiving north Alabama help, but crews from Huntsville Utilities learned they’ll be doing work in Long Island, New York instead of in New Jersey.

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.

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.

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  • dwd


  • Pat

    For real.

  • bigkahuna

    I hope they fire the union people who turned them away. Idiots. So much for clearing the red tape there Barry the union thug

  • Mad Hatter

    Unions hate competition since they know they’ll be showed up.

  • PP206

    This sounds like a scene from out of the Sopranos. The mob is very protective of their turf

  • Texas_Treeroach

    “No Red Tape” Obama screws the folks in N.J. —
    That didn’t take long, did it?

  • Now we know why Christie was so bi-partisan – Obama played the union card – if Christie wants NJ cleaned up then he had to play nice for Obama – otherwise Obama supporting unions would give less than best effort.

  • American Woman

    I can see this is going to cost BIG money and take a long time, because the clean-up will go on and on.

    Because it is always about them and how they see the world, and there is nothing liberal about Progressives.

    They want to tell us what to eat and drink; what to read; what is news; how many children to have; and how long we should live before they pull the plug.

    Mostly, they want us to pay tax upon tax, and feed the insatiable appetite of their beast.

    They are fascists.

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  • Big Red

    This is just evil. People are suffering and these union goons still want to play politics. I have nothing good to say about these people. May they all rot in the lowest (bleeping) hell!

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  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    …they were told by crews in New Jersey that they can’t do any work there since they’re not union employees.

    Not a problem.

    Next time, don’t bother. If the Jersey crews want to be picky about who gives them a hand, then let them take care of their own problems.

  • Practical Jane

    Barry’s Boyz.

  • ClinkinKY

    So Chris Christie will “fight” the teacher’s union but not the utility worker’s union?
    Was this what he and B.O. discussed yesterday?
    A “real” Governor would let any and all assistance enter the state to help “his” people.

  • squeaky

    [But meteorologists add that it’s six days out, so that’s rather early to get too worried. The forecast could change before it hits late next week. The National Weather Service’s forecast center in College Park, Md., which watches winter storms, put out a long-range notice Thursday saying a nor’easter was possible for mid-Atlantic and New England states by Election Day through next Thursday.] and aren’t these people running out of gas? the union shooting itself in the foot….if i were a resident i might not be so ammendable to help being turned away because of a company’s union [or lack of] status. i went through this last year and i wouldn’t voluntarily sit out another day in the dark and cold so some union hacks could exercise their power. while a lot can change with a new storm possibility…………….

  • Ghost

    the hell with ’em,

    to borrow from Golda Meir, “if they love their unions more than they help their own folks, then they’ll always have their own problems”

    let ’em sink in their own filth

  • squeaky

    [City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has chosen to divert critical food supplies and power generators from desperate residents of Staten Island to Sunday’s New York City Marathon. Gothamist reports:]

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  • Granny

    Chris Christie and Bloomberg have made it VERY clear exactly where there concerns lie. Yesterday they were both asking Obama for 100% coverage of their storm damage instead of the usual 75% . . . meanwhile, other states also have storm damage and there is only about $2 billion available for this.

    People in NYC dumpster diving so that Bloomberg can put on his show – never mind all the diversion of police and rescue personnel that should be tending to victims of the storm!

    NJ sending home power workers sent to help because they are “non-union”!

    I hope these people remember which party belongs to the unions when they get to the ballot box.

  • mg

    Absolute stupidity, FU New Jersey. You deserve the union b.s.

  • Steve

    WOW! Black African American Minister E.W. Jackson’s urgent appeal to African Americans to ABANDON THE DEMOCRAT PARTY!


  • Bill Bowen

    Sadly I’m not surprised at this. This is another example of why I’d rather live in a third-world country than New Jersey (and my mom is a New Jersey native). Maybe now those of my extended family that are still in NJ will see the handwriting on the wall and get the hell out of there.

  • Bob

    This is your radical left/socialist unions that support the democrats. Let the democratic party figure out how to restore power and services since they let them run wild.

  • Beatrice

    And the federal government is flying in power equipment/trucks and crews on military planes all the way from California. Unbelievable!

  • Beatrice
  • squeaky

    can’t have those non-union guys steal the unions thunder can we.

  • dtih

    Hey, news media, wake up…

    Put a ‘news crew’ on one of those trucks and film the union thugs turning away help. Breaking news!! Just in!!!

    Anyone got the guts??

  • donh

    That billion dollars in FEMA slush funding comes with strings attached…..Christie had to publically endorse Obama…and it comes with Obama’s Americorp trained private army of Lesbian Ranger fascist brown shirts….>

    Every move will require an environmental impact study…It will be as hard to rebuild as the twin towers.

  • Befuddled

    Broke NJ and NY can find a way to pay out of their own pockets since nonunion help is not good enough for them.Screw their unions.Fattening up during a crisis is typical union thuggery.Someone needs to hold Christie accountable for this.

  • obamas watergate!

    Well look what he did for the Gulf crisis-155 ships tried to come in and help and stop the leak! He refused them all! Just saw Ann Romney gee beautiful classy lady! And MO she looked like a mad angry pit bull just like she did in the movie Dreams of MY R-E-A-L Father him and his fancy nose job!

    He said as he was eating ice cream for the Gulf-“What? Want me to suck it up with a straw?”

    We could have millions of jobs developing new refineries..more gas in the eastern shore we’ve had our leases waiitng in Virginia shore but the commie Wh keeps denying! GAS will be $1 a gallon once we get rid of these traitors! Lisa Jackson with her OFF switch and think of the money and job boom! versus sending our rigs and drilling money to brazil!!!! they are drilling right now in our gulf shores! What about all our COAL mines?? UNIONS are owned by thugs!!
    They look like mobsters! Him and his flight jacket sick after he watched our boys die! Someone should tell him take off that jacket! Makes me sick! traitor!!!!!!!!!

  • Remco Kimber

    Sorry for all your troubles, you-voters-in-liberal-states-who-support-to-the-hilt-unionism. But it seems to me that you’ve brought this situation on yourselves.

  • squeaky

    [Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi headlined a high-dollar fundraiser in May that was attended by U.S.-based Islamist groups and individuals linked by the U.S. government to the Hamas jihad group and to the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood movement.] 2nd linc shows the invitation.

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  • Old Glazier

    Heh. Just ripped up my Red Cross check. These New Jersians have obviously got this under control.

  • MAJ Mike

    Hmmm. A large support group left San Antonio just a couple of days ago. Will the techs from our City Public Service team likewise be refused?

  • Earthmover

    These people should just put up a solar panel! Problem solved.

  • Deneisa Calvert

    Why am I not surprised. Typical union thuggery. Now Bloomburg is using 2 genset generators for the NY marathon instead of using them to provide electricity to homes or better yet to gas stations. Stupidity. But then bloomburg indorsed obama.

  • TNnana

    Stupid move by the NJ Unions, they rather have ther people sit in the dark and freeze. That what unions do for you. Kudos to Decatur, AL utilities workers. I visit Decatur, AL at least once a month and I consider it one of the best place to live.

  • Paul in N. AL

    Speaking as one who actually lives here in HSV, AL. I can actually say if they don’t want our help in Jersey, let them suffer. Where were they when our area was destroyed and our power out in most of the TN Valley for 7 days due to transmission towers being twisted like licorice? We were ignored. Everything was calm and orderly on our part unlike what I’m seeing in the northeast. I’m already tired of the whining coming out of the Northeast. They got hit with just a Cat 1 hurricane. Our neighbors in FL, GA, SC, NC, get hit with Cats 1-4. Difference is they maintain preparation in the South. Money up in the Northeast goes to line the pockets of unions. We always put our hand out to help and constantly getting slapped away insultingly.

  • ShawnP

    Maybe Christine Christie can get his lover Barry to get them back.

  • debbie315

    The problem with leaving NJ to fend for itself is that unions are not the only ones who will suffer. There are good people there who are at the mercy of the unions. The elderly, sick, and children are left in the cold, dark night; people trying to get to work have no gasoline; grocery stores without power have to throw food away; if you are able to get to the bank, the ATMs aren’t working; there is no water; if your house is still standing, it may be uninhabitable; I live on the Gulf Coast and I can tell you firsthand, the conditions are miserable even if you don’t suffer personal loss. I can’t understand why the “rules” can’t be suspended in order to help your fellow citizens.

  • Sasja

    I’m not surprised by this, nor am I surprised that those bastions of liberal utopia are having a difficult time dealing with this disaster.

  • Ben Padlin

    This is a symptom of state politics. FEMA supports State’s efforts. If anyone thinks Alabama’s private companies respond to Obama, stop drinking immediately! Regardless of his ability to stop a hurricane, Obama is poised to stop our worst natural disaster in centuries, Mitt Romney!

    All these utility companies are private owned companies, union or not.

    It is clear republicans are getting the best drugs.

  • Don

    Obama will be stopped on Tuesday. Then he won’t give a rats ass about any of this.

  • Michael

    Read this post…..the story is not true……

  • Michele

    Well, I see that Obama’s approach to denying help to those in need in Benghazi has made it to the Northeast. Can’t offend our beloved union brethren, now can we, even if it means keeping people in the dark for another week.

    Utility workers are paid time and a half and sometimes double time for special restoration efforts, and the unions want only the anointed to get that kind of pay. To hell with the people in misery.

  • owl

    I am gagging.

    Trying to read this and listening to Obama be so HAPPY he is still bouncing up and down with it. He has engaged his army of Scoopers on Benghazi with a battle plan, and being able to help his union buds at the same time with his military.

    Yep. I sure wish I could give Christie a big ole hug.

    Go home AL workers. Instead let Obama fly them all in with HIS military and our money.


  • rumcrook

    Perfect example of why unions are bad for children and communities.

  • paul52

    To the NJ goonions and their supporters: Sit and freeze in the dark, fools. Hope your elderly and grandkids aren’t among those suffering needlessly!

  • Sheila

    And we’re supposed to be filled with compassion for the poor “Americans” of NY/NJ why, again? Sorry, I don’t do “compassion” anymore and there aren’t any Americans left in NY or NJ.

  • Doc

    This is a perfect example of the good that unions do. Why doesn’t governor Christie and President Obama intervene in the ridiculous display of union power? The answer is obvious, unions funded Obama’s candidency and reelection. He is INDEBTED TO THE UNIONS. Disgrace. People in NJ should revolt.

  • czekmark

    Too bad the east coast didn’t wash out to sea.

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  • MSBuffaloGuy

    Y’know, Bob, you’re an idiot. “They’s mus’ be Democrats.” I’m a proud Democrat, from a long line of proud Democrats, and I despise unions and union politics.

    I was shocked to hear this story and to read forum posts filled with the blather by your God-fearing Republican brothers & sisters that this story is “made up” and has no basis in truth.

    Instead of mindlessly slinging political slurs, why don’t you shut up and say a prayer for the suffering people whose restoration of normalcy rests in the hands of jerks who spit in the face of generosity.

  • valerie

    With all due respect, I think some people here are missing the point. This action was not done by the people in need of help. It was done by some fake big shot acting against their best interests.

    There are NAMES associated with this story, and the crews that were shut out probably do not know them. Our news media should be trying to find out WHO did this. Then we can all sit back and watch how the citizens of that state handle the problem.

    So? Who did this?

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  • Bloomberg in New York is diverting life saving materials including food and water supplies and other resources needed by Staten Island victims to the New York Marathon so it can go ahead as scheduled. Construction on the route resumed this morning.

    I guess he learned from Obama about diverting resources for political gain instead of using them to save lives.

  • noway

    i have not seen one dang thing that nitwit bloomers has done for the city during this hurricane or before. he is a stupid fool. and i have been through hurricanes and the cleanup afterward too.

  • greenfairie

    Well then, NJ can just kiss my butt. Go haul Asbury Park out of the sea yourselves.

  • noway

    LiesMakeBabyJesusCry commented:

    This story is garbage. Quit posting fake stories, liar.

    i sure hope that is accurate for the welfare of those in need. however please understand that one union boss may have taken it on themselves to do something like that.

  • greenfairie

    Unions suck.

  • stuart

    Look for the union label, when you are starving in dark and cold.

  • Jerry

    Unions supported by the Democratic party and Obama. Who are you voting for?

  • Winston Wolfe

    This story is garbage. Quit posting fake stories, liar.

    Why don’t you take it up with the original source, you leftist douche.

  • Winston Wolfe

    And Decatur Utilities is still standing by the story, lying lefist douche.

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  • Papa Dukes

    Obamas Union Buddies need to be called on the Public Carpet.. Jerks

  • Robert

    Perhaps NJ should consider joining the enlightened ranks of “Right To Work” states?

  • gee on 9-11-2001 i don’t remember anybody asking what union you were in.

  • Sally

    Bill- have you ever been to a third world country? You clearly have no idea how good you have it. For all of you who wrote- Obama is on the side of the union- do you watch the news? When the Governor of Wisconsin took away collective bargaining rights- where was he? Please get educated. On the last note, unions shaped the benefits that all of you may enjoy at work- weekends, family medical leave, lilly act, fair labor standard act- laws that help all workers- I know you don’t learn it in school, but we should, because unions are a huge part of American history. Unions give you a voice at work and a right to collectively bargain. I respect those who choose to protect themselves by joining a union, and if you stop making assumptions and actually learn about them, you will see how wrong you very much are.

  • matt

    Im pro union and thats just plain ignorant.Also my tourist dollars will never go into that anti gun,communist police state.My fishing money go’s to Delaware from here on it.Ass backwards state.

  • Well, this does not set well with this Southern lady. Sure does make me want to help them out at all with such an arrogant attitude. Grew up NJ.

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  • Paul in N. AL

    Try asking locals before you read “news” on what’s true or not. Huntsville Times was bought out as a group into a more controlled liberal operation w/B’ham news and Mobile Register (I believe is what they’re called). Decatur utilities came out and showed evidence of faxed in paperwork from New Jersey about unionization before going to work there.

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