Yes CC holds no punches & speaks his mind. He will be all over JCP&L (First Energy) soon. Comm from them is brutal to say the least.
As far as the closed/open shop goes, IBEW has been cooperative AFAIK with respect to the out of state linemen. Its been a tough grind for the carps, sparkies, etc from the union side with construction based on the economic issues. That may get better.
IMHO, there should be no issues open/closed is the areas of the state that I am familiar with.