Because Katrina was handled completely differently under the Bush Administration. The partisan hackery on this board...Priceless.
Representatives with Huntsville Utilities and Joe Wheeler Cooperative, two area utilities mentioned in media reports claiming their crews were not allowed to help with storm aid in New Jersey because they were non-union, said this morning the story is untrue.
The general manager of the other department mentioned, Decatur Utilities, has since verified claims that his workers were asked to affiliate with a union.
See story here.
Bill Yell, spokesman for Huntsville Utilities, said nine of his employees are currently helping with recovery from Hurricane Sandy and had no union-related issues.
"That's a rumor," he said. "We are starting work this morning with Long Island Power Authority. We were headed to a New Jersey utility but they had all the crews they could handle."
A spokeswoman for Joe Wheeler Electrical Membership Cooperative said the crews from Trinity also are assisting with storm recovery and, in fact, are unionized.
"It is not true for us," she said. "I don't know how we got lumped in there (in that report). We sent eight guys to Maryland, not New Jersey. They have been there since before the storm but they've finished work and are headed home this morning."
Redneck in a bucket truck lies to media... The usual dumbasses on this forum just fall in line.
Although I do have humorous imagery of southerners signing up for work up north, wanting union wages without being in a union.
NY energy: so will you be joining the union?
Alabama crew: he'll no. unions are evil!
NY energy: ok, great. well just pay you whatever prevailing wages, benefits, and overtime in Alabama are.
Alabama crew: on second thought. where do I sign?