NJ turns away non-union utility crew

Extras!   —   Posted on November 2, 2012

Can you believe this?

A six man crew from Decatur (Alabama) Utilities headed up to New Jersey this week, but they were told by crews in NJ that they can’t do any work there since they’re not union employees.

The general manager of Decatur Utilities, Ray Hardin told Fox Business they were presented documents from the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers at a staging area in Virginia. The documents stated they had to affiliate with a union to work, which the crews could not agree to.

Hardin said the crews were told this was a requirement to work.

As they waited for confirmation on the documents, crews received word that Seaside Heights NJ had received the assistance they needed from other sources.

They attempted to look for work in other areas but because a resolution could not be reached, they made the decision late Thursday night to return home.

Moore said they’re frustrated being told “thanks, but no thanks.”

Huntsville (Alabama) Utilities said they were not turned away and are in Long Island, New York working.

From Alabama news station WAFF