Despite the photos of devastation and families who've lost everything, union bosses still found time to play politics in the middle of a natural disaster.
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. Understandably, Moore said they're frustrated being told "thanks, but no thanks."Crews were told to "stand down?" Haven't we heard enough orders of "stand down" these past few weeks? This is similar to what union bosses pulled during the blizzard in New York. More:
New Jersey - Crews from Huntsville Utilities and Decatur Utilities are among many that made their way to the hurricane-ravaged East Coast only to be turned away in New Jersey, according to a WAFF 48 News report. Derrick Moore, one of the Decatur workers, told the North Alabama station they were told by crews in New Jersey that since they are not union employees, they are not allowed to work.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. If you want to help, these mediums have come highly recommended: Operation Blessing Salvation Army