On Monday, the New Jersey state Senate, in a party-line vote, passed a bill that would exclude construction workers who are not a part of a union from doing work related to Hurricane Sandy cleanup and reconstruction in the state.
The bill will now heads to the New Jersey assembly. If it passes there, it goes to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) desk.
According to RedState, New Jersey state Senate President Steven Sweeney (D), who also happens to be an Ironworkers’ union organizer, drafted the bill that would “expand union-only Project Labor Agreements” to “included Hurricane Sandy cleanup and reconstruction.”
According to the bill, a “Project Labor Agreement” means “a form of pre-hire collective bargaining agreement covering terms and conditions of a specific project.”
This language excludes non-union construction workers from these projects.
As Breitbart News reported last November, even after President Barack Obama vowed not to “tolerate red tape” and said he was “not going to tolerate bureaucracy,” relief crews from Alabama, a right-to-work state, that used non-union employees were sent to Long Island, that arrived in New Jersey to help after the natural disaster were instead diverted to Long Island, NY