I am sure that the storm-ravaged people of the East Coast, struggling to get out from under the effects of Hurricane Sandy, would be willing and eager to accept help from whatever quarter.
But in New Jersey, you see, they can only accept help if it is unionized:
The hurricane-ravaged east coast has been receiving north Alabama help, but crews learned they could not help out in New Jersey unless they affiliated with a union.
Crews from Decatur Utilities 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 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.
Crews were told this was a requirement to work according to Hardin.
I guess that I should not be all that surprised that even in the midst of this crisis, unions are working to protect their turf and to prevent non-union entities from offering help and assistance. The degree of self-centeredness and myopia within the labor movement is a wonder to behold. And yet, here I am: surprised. I had assumed that for one brief, shining moment, unions would put aside their tendency to jealously guard their turf so that the common good could be realized. How wrong I was.