Politics Before People Non-union utility workers from Alabama were called up to help out in New Jersey but when they reached the state they were denied entry. WAFF reported: The hurricane-ravaged east coast has been receiving north Alabama help, but crews from Huntsville Utilities learned theyll be doing work in Long Island, New York instead of in New Jersey. Crews from Huntsville, as well as Decatur Utilities and Joe Wheeler out of Trinity headed up there this week, but Derrick Moore, one of the Decatur workers, said they were told by crews in New Jersey that they cant do any work there since theyre not union employees. The crews that are in Roanoke, Virginia say they are just watching and waiting even though they originally received a call asking for help from Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The crews were told to stand down. In fact, Moore said the crew from Trinity is already headed back home.