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How desperate is hurricane-ravaged New Jersey? Not desperate enough to suspend a union monopoly that keeps the state in the bottom ten states for economic competitiveness (and #48 for business friendliness). Relief crews from Alabama who were specifically called to New Jersey found themselves diverted to Long Island, NY after they arrived because they use non-union labor. Alabama is a right-to-work state.
WAFF-TV of Hunstville, AL reports:
Crews from Huntsville, as well as Decatur Utilities and Joe Wheeler out of Trinity 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....
Understandably, Moore said they're frustrated being told "thanks, but no thanks."
With so much at stake--and lives still in danger--it would seem logical to tell special interests to step aside.
On Wednesday, while visiting cleanup efforts in New Jersey in the company of Gov. Chris Christie, President Barack Obama vowed: "We are not going to tolerate red tape, we are not going to tolerate bureaucracy."
Unless, of course, that red tape is enforced by Obama's union cronies. Then stranded residents have to wait.
We must pray for recovery and they learn from this. You can only help them that will help themselfs or it is just enabling more failure.
God bless America and help us save her.
This disgusts me....people are suffering, cold, hungry, dirty...There is absolutely no common sense anymore...no moral humanity...this coupled with Bloomberg using generators for a silly marathon while his own constituents are suffering just makes me sick and angry...
Yes it is disgusting. I am not to happy with the moderate repub governor on this matter. Moderate repubs should just be democrats.
The thing I love is that some NY and NJ hotels are turning away foreign guests with reservations who are arriving to run in the Marathon, so that local people who lost homes can continue to stay! Fantastic! I just wish Fox would say which hotels they are, so I can support them in the future. Bloomberg should be fired for taking infrastructure from the disaster to make money on a race.
Christie now denies this with a lie. How disappointing that he now claims to Fox that they showed up in a place they were "not needed" and that is why they were sent home. LAME Chris! Really, after kissing Obama a55, you now kiss the union a55 in the same day?
Richard, I am so happy to hear about the hotels taking the high road and doing what is right...there is hope for humanity yet!!
That is great. The free market we still have is the only way to go.
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