Superstorm-Utility Crews
4:46 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Ala. Utility Crew Returns Home

A Decatur Utilities crew claims it had to affiliate with a union to help with the recovery effort after Superstorm Sandy.
A Decatur Utilities crew claims it had to affiliate with a union to help with the recovery effort after Superstorm Sandy.
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An Alabama utility crew heading to New Jersey has returned home, claiming it had to affiliate with a union to help with the recovery effort after Superstorm Sandy. But union officials, a New Jersey utility company and the governor say they were are mistaken.


The general manager of Decatur Utilities, Ray Hardin, said a six-member crew left for Seaside Height, N.J. It got as far as a staging area in Virginia before returning home. Hardin said documents from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers implied the non-union workers had to agree to union affiliation.


A spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said he doesn't know what papers the crew was given, but union and non-union crews are working in New Jersey. He calls it a misunderstanding.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.