Heat Wave Continues to Test Power Grid as Con Edison Threatens Strike

A heat advisory remains in effect as Con Edison negotiates for a new contract

Sunday, Jul 1, 2012  |  Updated 8:36 AM EDT
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Raphael Miranda's forecast for Saturday, June 30.

Raphael Miranda's forecast for Saturday, June 30.

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UPDATE: Negotiations Break Down, 8,500 Con Ed Workers Dismissed

The second heat wave of the summer continues through the weekend, testing the power grid in our area just as the deadline comes for a possible strike by utility company Con Edison.

A heat advisory remains in effect for Saturday. It will be mostly sunny, hot and a little less humid with a high of 94 and a threat of stray afternoon thunderstorms in parts of the tri-state.
 
Residents are advised to avoid strenuous activity and make sure to check on pets and elderly neighbors. Those who have to work outside are advised to schedule frequent breaks in shaded or air conditioned areas.
 
It remains hot and muggy Sunday and Monday, with more chances of thunderstorms in the morning and afternoon. The tri-state sees a break in the high temperatures Tuesday, and by Wednesday -- the Fourth of July -- the weather will be in the mid-80s.
 
And as the sizzling temperatures continue, Con Edison and its workers are in the middle of contract negotiations, with the current contract for Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers of America expiring at midnight Saturday.
 
John Melia, a spokesman for the union that represents about 8,500 workers, said there are issues over pensions. He said members in May authorized a strike if necessary.
 
Con Ed said it looked forward to "productive discussions with the union leadership on a new contract that's fair and equitable for our employees and customers."
 
 
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