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Updated again->:Con Edison, Union Continue Early A.M. Negotiations

"As someone who has dealt with incompetence and lies of the top management at Con Ed, I can only imagine what these hard working people who do the real work on the streets are going through," "A strike could lead to a potentially dangerous situation. It took nine days to restore power even with these trained professionals working around the clock. We might still be in the dark if they weren't there."- Queens Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr.

Following up on Sunday's story:"Con-Ed to workers: Take your 0.5%, give us a 2-tier and shut up"

From NY1 (7/1/08):
Midnight Strike Deadline Looms For Con Ed
July 01, 2008


Consolidated Edison and the union representing 9,000 of its workers headed back to the bargaining table today with a midnight strike deadline looming ahead.

The utility and Local 1-2 have been in a "cooling off" period for the last 72-hours, after round-the-clock negotiations this weekend yielded little progress.

Workers say they are prepared to walk off the job at midnight if a new agreement cannot be reached. A spokesperson says wages, health care costs, and pensions remain the sticking points.

Con Ed said supervisors are ready to step in to keep the system running without any disruptions in service. The utility says half of its management rose through the ranks and is familiar with the system.

Yet, Queens Councilman Peter Vallone, Jr. said he is worried that a strike could have a large impact.

"As someone who has dealt with incompetence and lies of the top management at Con Ed, I can only imagine what these hard working people who do the real work on the streets are going through," Vallone said in a statement. "A strike could lead to a potentially dangerous situation. It took nine days to restore power even with these trained professionals working around the clock. We might still be in the dark if they weren't there."

A strike would involve electric, gas and steam workers in every borough but Staten Island.


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How bout Con Ed's CEO? In 2007 the CEO of Consolidated Edison,Kevin Burke, 57, made a total of $5.5 Million, 24% more than he made in 2006, that would only stand to increase if he brings wages down on this contract, take a look at American Axle CEO’s reward for slashing wages—$8.5 million bonus

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