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There’s more: Georgia power crew turned away from Sandy-stricken New York for refusing to join union

Georgia Electric Membership Corporation president Paul Wood did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Diverse Power is one of that organization’s member utilities.

IBEW International President Ed Hill said in a statement Friday that “in times of crisis all help is welcome and we pull together with everyone to meet the needs of the public. We have communicated this to the office of New Jersey Governor Christie as well.”

Pressed for a reaction to the revelation that union-membership demands appear to have been made in writing in at least one case, IBEW spokesman Jim Spellane told TheDC in an email, “The only thing I can add is that the IBEW did not send the documents, nor did any of our locals.”

The IBEW’s website lists 20 locals in New Jersey, 48 in New York, 10 in Connecticut and 52 in Pennsylvania. It has 273 locals in the three union-definied “districts” that include states where Sandy’s impact was felt, also according to its website.

The IBEW didn’t immediately respond to a question about how it could be sure that none of those locals had insisted on union membership as a condition of helping restore power after the superstorm.

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