This story confirms every negative union stereotype in existence today. When a group of honorable, decent electric workers from down south dropped everything they were doing to help out storm victims in the north — they were turned away by the unions for not being union workers.
WAFF reports on the story:
A six-man crew from Decatur Utilities headed up there this week to assist with storm damage from Sandy. Derrick Moore, one of the Decatur workers, said he and his crew were notified they could not do any work in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, without agreeing to union requirements.
The general manager of Decatur Utilities, Ray Hardin, told Fox Business Friday morning 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 would not agree to.
Hardin said the crews were not turned away, but were made to believe that affiliating with the union was a requirement to work.
“It was and remains our understanding that agreeing to those requirements was a condition of being allowed to work in those areas,” said Hardin.
As they waited for confirmation on the documents, crews received word that Seaside Heights had received the assistance they needed from other sources.
“There’s some red tape you can cut, Mr. President, but you won’t. You won’t because of your union cronies. You won’t do it. How do I know? Because I know who you are. I know you’re a progressive. I know you’re in with the unions and you are exactly the same way that FDR was with the unions,” Glenn said when he heard the news.
When discussing the story during the program, Glenn said that the story represents a fundamental change in America.
“That’s what Americans do. They get off their butt in Decatur when they see a problem and they go. They get in their trucks and say, “Bill, come on, let’s go.” And they get in their truck and they drive across the country at their own expense and they take care of it.”
“This is the fundamental transformation of America. Listen to this. If this is what you want, if you want to be a group of people that cannot do it any other way. The president just said, ‘Don’t take no for an answer.” Well, that’s what we do best. That’s what we do best. We don’t take no for an answer,” he said.
“But everything’s too big to fail and so you can’t, you can’t build that on your own. The government will do it for you. And so what happens when there’s trouble? You can’t ask an anybody for help. You can’t do that. You’ve got ‑‑ ‘No, no, no. Wait for the union worker. Wait for the government. Wait for someone else.’ I don’t want to be a part of that. That’s not the country I was born in. I don’t want to be a part of that country. If I wanted that, I’d go live some place else. I’ll go live in England, which is about to be destroyed. That’s not our country. That’s not who we are. Fundamental transformation.”