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JCP+L Denies Turning Away Non-Union Help [AUDIO]

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JCP+L spokesman Ron Morano denies reports that the utility turned away help from non-union workers from Alabama.

“We have a great partnership (with our unions) and we non-union workers working as part of this restoration effort. Our unions understand this is an all-hands-on-deck effort and it was not Jersey Central Power and Light that turned away that crew,” Morano told New Jersey 101.5′s Jim Gearhart.

Workers from one of three Alabama utilities,  touted by Governor Christie as coming a great distance to help restore power, were reportedly turned away by a crew in Seaside Heights because they did not belong to a union.

Decatur Utilities workers were sent to Long Island instead according to Huntsville, Alabama TV station WAFF because “they were told by crews in Seaside Heights that they can’t do any work there since they’re not union employees” according to one of the employees.

Morano pointed out that Seaside Heights has a municipal utility. and said JCP+L “is taking the help that has been made available to us.”

A spokesman for Huntsville Utilities told WAFF in a later report that their crews did not go to New Jersey but did assist with repairs in Maryland and headed home once they were done.

The Decatur Utilities

Listen to Jim Gearhart’s conversation with Ron Morano

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