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QUITMAN, GA - The Langdale Company will host the 32nd Annual Langdale FFA Forestry Field Day at Southwind Sporting Clays in Quitman, Georgia on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in conjunction with the Georgia FFAMore >>
Approximately 250 FFA members from schools all across south Georgia will participate in the event. The Forestry Field Day event is a competitive activity that test student's skills and knowledge in the area of forest management.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 7:32 AM EDT2014-03-11 11:32:21 GMT
Kids in the Albany area are just hours away from the 2014 "Get A Life" teen maze, an event that shows students the rewards and consequences of their decisions in real life situations. The two day eventMore >>
Kids in the Albany area will get to experience 2014 "Get A Life" teen maze, an event that shows students the rewards and consequences of their decisions in real life situationsMore >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 4:13 AM EDT2014-03-11 08:13:27 GMT
A truck theft was caught on camera, and tonight the owner is offering a reward to get his ride back. In the video seen above you can see someone pulling away from the Moultrie Walmart in David Cass's whiteMore >>
A truck theft was caught on camera, and tonight the owner is offering a reward to get his ride back.More >>
Monday, March 10 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-03-11 03:49:06 GMT
A Mitchell County family needs help to recover from a devastating fire. Fire broke out in this home on Jerusalem Church Road in Sale City around four this morning. A smoke alarm woke up Mikey NewsomeMore >>
A Mitchell County family needs help to recover from a devastating fire.More >>
Monday, March 10 2014 11:39 PM EDT2014-03-11 03:39:37 GMT
A warning to watch out for copperheads. A new study shows the number of those poisonous snakes is on the rise in south Georgia as the population of king snakes declines.King snakes aren't poisonous, butMore >>
A Decatur Utilities crew left Alabama to help with storm recovery in New Jersey, but did not make the trip because of what they are now calling confusion over union paperwork.
The six-man crew staged in Virginia, but Decatur Utilities said they were never able to get in touch with officials or utility companies in New York or New Jersey. While the crew stood down in Virginia, Decatur Utilities officials claimed they received a union contract they thought they would have to agree to before helping storm victims.
General Manager Ray Hardin appeared on Fox Business Channel Friday morning saying, "We were presented documents from IBEW that required our folks to affiliate with the unions and that was something we could not agree to."
Decatur Utilities later released a statement expanding on that, "Upon arriving at a staging area in Virginia, crews were held in place pending clarification of documents received from IBEW that implied a requirement of our employees to agree to union affiliation while working in the New York and New Jersey areas. It was and remains our understanding that agreeing to those requirements was a condition of being allowed to work in those areas."
Late Friday at a press conference, Hardin said the documents actually came from Electric Cities of Alabama, a coalition of the state's municipally owned utilities.
Bottom line, it appears now that Decatur Utilities wrongly assumed they would have to agree to the union contract before traveling to New Jersey to help with recovery efforts. The IBEW said in times of crisis, help is welcomed from union and non-union utility workers.
Hardin said as they waited for confirmation on the documents, crews received word that Seaside Heights had received the assistance they needed from other sources.
"At this stage, it is not clear who is alleged to have turned the crew away and the company that employs the affected workers has denied the claim," said IBEW President Ed Hill in a statement. "IBEW local leaders in New Jersey have reiterated what has been the long standing record of our union – 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."
The crew from Decatur Utilities attempted to look for work in other areas, but Hardin said based on the uncertainty of other union requirements, they made the decision to return home after being stalled in Virginia most of the day Thursday.
Other utility crews from Alabama are still helping with storm cleanup. Huntsville Utilities said they were not turned away and are in Long Island, New York. Joe Wheeler EMC said they did not respond to New Jersey, but did travel to Maryland and headed home once they were finished.