As New York Heats Up, ConEd Bosses and Workers Return to the Table
Last week, as the heat wave began to swallow New York whole, we reported on the failed negotiations that left 8,500 ConEd workers unemployed. It was a labor-corporate disconnection, as the pension plan proposed by the top dogs at the electrical titan was met with fierce opposition by the Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers of America. Just as the temperatures started soaring, the people in charge of keeping our A/C's running were left high and dry.
On Thursday, almost half of the 8,500 employees took to the streets on Irving Place, repeating chants of "If we go out, the lights go out!" This came a day after several neighborhoods in Brooklyn were forced to reduce voltage by 5 percent, with crews made up of ConEd managers - the replacement force that came about after the failed talks last week - rushing around to fix downed lines and restore the grid.
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