Despite receiving a call from the city of Seaside, New Jersey, requesting help with hurricane recovery, utilities crews from Huntsville, Decatur, and Trinity were turned away yesterday because they are non-union.
This sounds like a setup for a parody story of questionable taste, but nope, that’s what happened. The crews will instead head to Long Island, and presumably be permitted to work there. I’m heartened that the personal sacrifices of these folks—being away from their families, plunging into upheaval, and so forth—will reap some fruit, and they’re not just headed home.
Exactly what benefit does a union obtain for its members turning away this qualified and available help? Do we have anything here but knee-jerk stupidity? I don’t think we do. How is the message anything other than “these professionals are non-union; therefore our people should potentially suffer longer than they have to”?
Someone pro-union out there want to defend this? I’m listening.