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Con Edison Media Relations
July 17, 2012
5:00 p.m.


NEW YORK – Con Edison said in a filing today that the company continues to provide customers with safe, reliable service and its union employees are out of work because their leadership refused offers to extend their contract or provide advanced notice of a strike.

Once the leadership of UWUA Local 1-2 refused proposals that would have kept workers on the job, Con Edison had no choice but to call a lockout, the company said. A sudden strike would have jeopardized safety and reliable service for 9 million New Yorkers.

Read the company’s filing with the New York State Public Service Commission here:

The company also would have faced the possibility that members would jeopardize safety before leaving the job, the filing said. In fact, there have been instances of sabotage to company property and operations since the work stoppage began, the company said.

For instance, union protesters are trying to block the delivery of equipment needed at a substation in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Protesters have also blocked deliveries of fuel to generators being used to keep electrical service reliable in certain Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Con Edison is also aware of various social media messages from union representatives encouraging members to interfere with operations. This shows “the union’s indifference to the interests of the Company’s customers” during the work stoppage, the company said.

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