At least unions and the corrupt politicians they keep in their pockets are reliable. You can rely on them never to place the public interest ahead of their hold on power:
Utility … crews from Alabama got the shock of their lives when other workers in a coastal New Jersey town told them they couldn’t lend a hand without a union card.
Derrick Moore, who works for Decatur Utilities in Decatur, Ala., told WAFF-TV in Huntsville that crews in Seaside Heights, N.J. turned him and his crewmates away, saying they couldn’t do any work there because they’re not union employees. …
Another nonunion Decatur Utilities crew is idling in Roanoke, Va., waiting for instructions from Seaside Heights. The town asked them days ago for help, but later told the workers to stand down.
A rejected crew from the Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Co-op in Trinity, Ala. has already turned around and headed back to Dixie.
Electric repair work for public utilities in New Jersey is dominated by the International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers, a unit of the politically powerful AFL-CIO.
It could be two weeks before everyone in New Jersey has their power back on.
So much for the promises from Big Union’s best friend Obama that there would be no red tape.
Update: Jersey Central Power & Light spokesman denies that anyone has been turned away.