Non-Union Linemen Helping with Sandy Recovery Told They Are Not Welcome in New Jersey (*Update)

Given that South Jersey was plowed under by the universe a few days ago, one would think it could use all the help it could get. Yet if the help is non-union help, they don’t want it.

I am sure that the hundreds of thousands of people without power right now would be pleased to know they are helping out labor’s cause.


Crews from 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.

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* It is now being reported that the Alabama linemen were not turned away. A spokesman for the uitility in question says now that of course non-union linemen are welcome.

Sounds like word got out and now the utility is in damage control—so to speak.

But I think the last paragraph of a recent “corrective” report, which can be seen HERE, gives us a window into what is really going on.

“A Jersey Central Power & Light spokesman said crews from throughout the nation were now working in JCP&L’s service area, including from California, Idaho, Kentucky, Florida, Michigan and North Carolina.

He did suggest that municipal companies might have issues working side-by-side with non-unionized contractors.”