Con Ed talks set to resume as heat wave arrives

State Sen. Greg Ball talks with Thomas Veras,

State Sen. Greg Ball talks with Thomas Veras, a locked-out Con Ed customer service representative, during a visit to lend his support to the workers at the Eastview Con Ed plant. (July 11, 2012) Photo Credit: Nancy Siesel

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As the Hudson Valley braces for another heat wave, the Con Edison lockout has reached the two week mark without an end in sight.

Talks broke off a few minutes after 6 p.m. on Friday night and are scheduled to resume at 3 p.m. Saturday, according to spokesmen for Con Edison and Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2.

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On Friday, union leaders acknowledged Con Edison provided long-sought documents detailing company proposals on compensation and health care benefits, but stopped short of saying they believe there's any real progress in negotiations.

Con Edison provides electricity to 3.2 million, including some 350,000 customers in Westchester County. Despite several heat waves, and accompanying strain on the grid, the company has avoided major outages over the past two weeks without the more than 8,000 unionized workers who were locked out without a contract on June 30.

About 5,000 Con Edison managers have stepped in to handle day-to-day operations and repairs, supplemented by workers nonunion contractors from other areas.

The lockout does not impact Con Edison subsidiary Orange & Rockland Utilities. NYSEG and Central Hudson also serve customers in Westchester County.

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