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LIPA Union: Workers Not Turned Away

Union sent letter to Florida crews asking them to temporarily join when Hurricane Sandy first hit.

Long Island Power Authority union leaders on Friday said non-union workers have been more than welcome to help put Long Island residents back on the grid.

The union's comments came after nearly two weeks of rumors that it was keeping workers who aren't members from working on the major restoration project.

Then on Friday, a Newsday report sourced Florida Municipal Electric Association Executive Director Barry Moline, who said that he sent crews to other states after the Local 1049 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers sent his workers a contract that would make them temporary members of the union.

That "letter of assent" was dated Oct. 29, the day Hurricane Sandy first started battering Long Island, according to Newsday.

But Don Daley, business manager for local 1049, told Patch it stopped being an issue soon after the extent of the damages on Long Island became clear.

"There hasn't been a union-non-union issue here since the severity of the storm became obvious. Our only goal right now is to restore power as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible and we welcome all the assistance we can get."

Wendy Ladd, a spokeswoman for National Grid, has also said that workers were not turned away if they refused to join the union.

JP November 17, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Thirty Year Resident. 9:02 am on Saturday, November 10, 2012 "Explain what a trade union has to do with your property tax. It is in no way funded by taxpayers. You willful ignorance is staggering." How is that ignorance? When a municipality has to "overpay" for work they need, who pays the bill? How about looking at your property tax bill??? If you want to talk about ignorance, start by looking in the mirror! I think all workers deserve a fair wage. I appreciate all the help the unions have done over the years. (I am a child of union parents.) However, I have seen first hand --companies/ municipalities have to overpay so that the union bosses get "their share."
JP November 17, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Well enough of the union bashing. There is enough blame to go around. However, note this, if China stops buying our debt (since we live beyond our means) all workers-union and non union, will wish our "real wages" are high as China's.
Walter Isaacs November 17, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Mr. Best, I think you have difficulty comprehending my posts.
Vincent November 19, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Seems as though the Unions are really beginning to feel frisky atthis time of year. The public be damned. LAX workers set for walkout Thanksgiving eve. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/11/16/thousands-of-lax-workers-set-for-walkout-on-thanksgiving-eve/

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