Hearing to Look at Con Edison Safety Record Post-Lockout

With another heat wave forecast for this week, a union spokesman said Sunday that there's been no apparent progress in contract negotiations

By Verena Dobnik
|  Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012  |  Updated 8:49 AM EDT
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Con Ed Contract Talks Continue

It's been five days since negotiations over a new contract broke down. As the company and 8,500 locked out workers head into the weekend, there's no agreement in sight. John Noel reports.
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A hearing will examine Con Edison' service and safety record since a lockout of its 8,500 unionized workers.     

The hearing by three state Assembly committees will be held in Manhattan on Wednesday.     

Conor Bambrick, legislative director for Assemblyman Kevin Cahill,

told Newsday

Westchester the hearing will not intrude on the collective bargaining process.     

The Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 and Con Edison met behind closed doors Monday. Neither side has indicated any real progress since workers were locked out June 30 after their contract expired.     

Con Edison says it will confirm at the hearing that it is responding to emergencies efficiently despite several heat waves.     

About 5,000 managers are keeping electricity going for 3.2 million customers in New York City and Westchester County.     

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