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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.

Vincent November 16, 2012 at 01:14 PM
This is not the first company that the unions put out of business. I hope the union president and all the officers wish all members a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannuka and wathever. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2012/11/16/hostess-twinkies-ding-dongs-wonder-bread-going-out-of-business/1708409/
Jerry November 16, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Remember all those commercials for the Ladies Garment Workers Union of the 80's? They did such a good job for their union workers that they chased all the jobs overseas!!
Nibor November 16, 2012 at 02:28 PM
If you want someone "psychically" fit, consult the Long Island Medium.
JOE November 17, 2012 at 04:33 AM
jERRY YOU ARE AMONG all the other ignorant dopey union haters who do not have a clue to reality.It wasnt the union who killed those jobs dopey , it was the capitalist like romney who wanted to make more and more money for themselves because they did not hve enough gold watces and bmw's in their driveway. Ever since i posted about union workers donating money for the Sandy victims all the dopey union haters suddenly got quiet. Maybe jersey shore is on thats why . James Best what about you ? put some money up like the union workers are doing . Your probably too ignorant to do that
Jasmine Johnson November 17, 2012 at 04:39 AM
what sounds dopey is you friend. perhaps you unionists should reflect and figure out why unions are declining in relevance (before obama of course, with him union thugs have a revolving door into the oval office), and why the average citizen has a very negative opinion of unions. Of course referring to those that disagree with you as "ignorant dopey union haters" doesnt help BTW
Jasmine Johnson November 17, 2012 at 04:40 AM
BTW if I see the union label I know not to buy the product
Walter Isaacs November 17, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Yes, because Jasmine Johnson prefers to exploit women and children. You can too by avoiding the union label.
SaveTheClocktower November 17, 2012 at 06:52 AM
OMG! "Hostess" just got bankrupted by a UNION! Just saw it on News 12!  No more cupcakes or Wonder Bread! They're already selling TWINKIES and SNO-BALLS on E-Bay! I guess it was for our own good.. Terrible for the waistline. But does anybody know if those chocolate cupcakes with the creamy center are extinct, too? Oh, I hope those are DRAKES.. seriously.. I know what I want for Christmas! First Exedrin Migraine and now THIS? What the hell is the world coming to? The Mayans were right! REPENT!!
Seadog24 November 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Help support 10 year olds and older to work 15 hours days under slave condition for shit pay BUY NON UNION CRAP made in a 3rd world country sweat shops. Unions didn't send these jobe there Greed did
JOE November 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM
What sounds dopey are posters like yoursrlf who trash unions with stereotypical bullshit. How about you do some research. And come up with some facts on organized. Labor. The fact is that hostess bankrupted them self with mismanagement. The union workers were getting crap wages and. Benefits.
JOE November 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Savetheclock tower Instead of trashing these people who just lost their job. How about having your info correct before posting ignorant statements
Chris November 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM
In short: the smart money guys larded Hostess with too much debt and never figured out a real plan for fixing its business. They're coming out with a loss as a result. As far as the unions go: You can blame them for not making enough concessions. You can blame the bakers for administering the final death blow. But you can't blame them for management's strategic incompetence, or the decision to try to run a flailing company on debt, hope, and empty calories. There's more than enough blame in this story for everyone involved to have a taste. The union members sacrificed 110 million in wages!!!! Nobody could survive on the salary they were offering!!! Another priviate disaster!!!
Patch Fan November 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM
"Bankrupted by a UNION!" Grow up and read more than just a headline once in awhile or watch a 30 second spot. Hostess was in a 5 year bankruptcy that they entered in 2004 and emerged in 2009 as a private company. At the time it was the longest bankruptcy in U.S. history. They re-entered bankruptcy less than 3 years later in January 2012 so for the record they have been in bankruptcy 5.5 of their last 8 years. They union workers made contract concessions in exchange for equity during the 2004–2009 bankruptcy period, but the company closed nine of its 54 bakeries and more than 300 outlet stores. The work force declined from 32,000 to 22,000 employees. In December 2011 the company suspended payments for union pensions and had to file bankruptcy in January after they couldn't make payments on 700 million dollar loans incurred when they emerged from bankruptcy in 2009. Then the court found that Hostess executives had received raises of up to 80% the year prior. Classic "Bain Capitol Type" maneuver. Ripplewood who holds 50% stake specializes in leveraged recapitalization. They mange 10 BILLION in capitol so not exactly cash poor. A lot of money was made (and still will be during liquidation) for the select few at the cost of almost 20,000 workers. The plan was always to liquidate don't be naive.
Argile November 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM
While the bakers union and management share the blame for Hostess, unions are a BIG problem for the middle class leaving Long Island. Anyone that disputes this needs to check a property tax bill of a single family homeowner. 70+% of that bill is a result of unions that have treated Long Islanders like their own personal ATM machine.
Patch Fan November 17, 2012 at 12:36 PM
The management took up to 80% in raises in 2011 (look it up the bankruptcy court discovered this in March) Meanwhile the union which had given and given made many concessions during the 5.5 years of the last 8 that they were in bankruptcy. The company stopped making pension fund payments in Dec 2011 (yes the same year they received raises up to 80%). So pleeeeease tell me where the part about sharing the blame comes in? The private investment companies bought the stock at extreme discount and went private after 5 years of bankruptcy and secured large loans and lines of credit. Then they worked on short term cash gains to include MASSSIVE raises at the risk of long term fiscal responsibility. Then they squeezed the employees in an horrible economy using them as the scapegoat for their original intent to liquidate and walk with cash made in the last 2 years with no commitment to the debts incurred. This is a very common practice just doesn't make the news unless it is an iconic brand or large institution(both of which hostess is). Don't be so naive.
Tom Terrific November 17, 2012 at 12:48 PM
You're referring to public sector unions, Robkoz, which our elected officials have sold out to - at taxpayers' expense - repeatedly over the years. That's what's reflected in your property tax bill. The matter concerning Hostess is a management screw up. Labor gave up just about everything they could to save the company.
Seadog24 November 17, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Thank-you Joe. Union membership always steps up!
Seadog24 November 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Its the Union worker that usually takes the blame while giving concessions so that management can continue to get raises. When does Mgt take pay cuts?
Vincent November 17, 2012 at 01:40 PM
With union-backed groups Wal-Mart workers plan Black Friday walkout Walkout builds on October strike that started at Wal-Mart in LA. Happy shopping folks. GD unions again.
John Gruber November 17, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Unions had their purpose when working conditions where flat out life threatening, someone needed to speak up for the average worker. Now, it seems unions just drive up prices by demanding every little penny they can, which in turn hurts any business which is one of the BIGGEST reasons for outsourcing and this trend will continue unless something is done.
Walter Isaacs November 17, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Yes, those g-d union. The heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune have the net worth of 40% of total Americans. They pay so little that full time workers need to go on subsidized insurance, subsidized by the taxpayer. Glad to see that they will walk out. People should be home with their families on Thanksgiving.
Walter Isaacs November 17, 2012 at 02:16 PM
@ Gruber, so silly and naive, do you really think corporate conglomerates would not just as quickly return to the good old days of exploiting their workers? Do you think a living wage is too much, or shall we all race to the bottom and earn a dollar a day because that is the going rate in Burma?
John Gruber November 17, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I never said that. I said the unions are very responsible for the fact that so many jobs are being outsourced, simply because raising prices to accommodate higher pay puts American companies at disadvantages. Now, of course huge corporations like Wal-Mart are not effected significantly and require unions to keep their policies in check, but other companies, especially in the auto industry, are put at a competitive disadvantage because Unions are prying every penny they can. I don't believe they are useless,far from it, I KNOW you can't trust big business to do the right thing, but I believe they have overstepped their bounds to the point where it's costing people jobs, not that they are entirely useless but that they need to look at the big picture
James Best November 17, 2012 at 02:46 PM
you seem to be very envious mr walter
JP November 17, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Seadog, You say, "I've seen it many times, Union shops pay Union wages and whats wrong with that." What's wrong with that? It is simple economics. The revenue has to come from somewhere to pay these wages. Unlike the federal government who has a printing press and has to borrow from the rest of the world in order to pay our bills, local government (thank god) does not have that unlimited ability to print and borrow.
Jerry November 17, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Why does the unionized Verizon worker continue to get a pension and little or no payment towards their health insurance and the management has to contribute towards their health insurance?
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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