Major utility companies in New Jersey said that they are welcoming any and all out-of-state crews helping to restore power, and have not refused any non-union contractors.
At least one media report out of Alabama claims that personnel from that state were turned away in Seaside Heights because they were not affiliated with a union.
“We take crews as they become available,” said Ron Morano, a spokesman for Jersey Central Power & Light. “Everyone understands this is an all-hands-on-deck event.”
One of those, Trinity, Ala.-based Joe Wheeler, was never in New Jersey and is unionized, its CEO, George Kitchens, said this morning.
Eight Wheeler workers were instead dispatched to Maryland before the storm hit, a company spokeswoman, Mandi Phillips, said.
“We are headed back home,” she said. “We were never turned away.”
Some of you on here will eat up any bullshit that has an anti-union edge.