by Datechguy | November 2nd, 2012
Chris Christie made a big fuss about complementing President Obama for helping out in NJ and made a point to make everyone know it didn’t matter where the help came as long as the help came.
Apparently there are exceptions:
Nonunion Ala. crews turned away from Sandy recovery
You’ve got to be kidding me
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
I thought Chris Christie was infamous for taking on the unions? Some via Twitter have speculated that Gov. Christie may be unaware that this is happening. I’m willing to extend him the benefit of the doubt for then, but now after this story has blown up online there can be no ignorance of the matter. People need help. Sandy didn’t happen in August or early September like Katrina, Ike, and Irene. It’s November now. People are cold.
I get that he’s a moderate, but none of this should matter right now: people need help. If Christie doesn’t indignantly react with the fire of a thousand burning suns over this insanity, his reputation as a fighter for the people will be at stake.
The right thing is usually the smart thing, this should be reversed at ONCE and if anyone is planning on running against Christie in 2020, this is an ad pre-made.
I wonder if the people still suffering agree with this?
On Wednesday, while visiting cleanup efforts in New Jersey in the company of Gov. Chris Christie, President Barack Obama vowed: “We are not going to tolerate red tape, we are not going to tolerate bureaucracy.”
Unless, of course, that red tape is enforced by Obama’s union cronies. Then stranded residents have to wait.
Via the Lonely Conservative video:
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.
First, a comment from a Twitchy reader: “I’m from Jersey. I had to work with an IBEW crew for years in Hackensack. (Sopranos Country). Trust me, these guys can be filth. Not all of them, but many of them don’t give a *blank* about anything but themselves and the union. Violence is always an option. In Jersey its just a way of life. Sorry to the good people who wasted their time driving north expecting union scum to appreciate the help.”
A final thought: the news report I quoted at the beginning of this post says that the Alabama crews “received a call asking for help from Seaside Heights, New Jersey,” but that “they were told by crews in New Jersey that they can’t do any work there since they’re not union employees.”
This gives rise to several questions: who exactly called these crews to invite them to come to New Jersey? Was it the local government? And if it was union crews in New Jersey who told them they couldn’t work there, who gave the New Jersey crews that authority? Why didn’t the government or whoever made the initial call to the Alabama crews step in and make sure they were put to work?
Those New Jersey crews had better hope none of their neighbors are waiting for utility repairs. They need to get their priorities straight. Worry about putting their neighborhoods put back together now, worry about the unions later.
The Right thing is usually the smart thing. To my union friends…this is the WRONG thing.