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Con Ed Locks Out Workers During NYC Heat Wave!
The lockout means that Con Ed is refusing to allow union employees to report for work and be available to respond to utility emergencies.
The Union had threatened a strike when the current contract expired in the early morning hours of July 1, but Local 1-2 officials say they offered to keep members working under the terms of the old contract while talks continued.
However, according to an In These Times report, Con Ed demanded that the union promise seven days' notice before declaring a strike. When Local 1-2 refused, the company initiated the lockout.
On Monday, a spokesman for Con Ed told Crain’s New York Business: “In order to protect customers we need a guarantee that there won’t be a sudden work stoppage. We need to run the system safely and reliably and a sudden work stoppage would put that in jeopardy.”
We will contact you with more information on how you can stand with the workers of UWUA 1-2 in the coming days and weeks ahead.