Friday, June 29, 2012

Con Edison Workers Threaten Strike (WPIX)

WPIX reports on the threat of a strike by Con Edison workers:
"Day two of our heatwave comes with an extra threat: a Con Edison workers' strike. Because the only thing worse than facing a blackout is facing a blackout with no one around to fix it."
The report says that for Local 1-2, the union representing the 8,500 workers, the fight is about wages, health care, pension, as well as "workers gripe that Con Edison's president pulled in $11 million last year."

One sign that Con Edison is taking the threat seriously is Con Ed spokesman Mike Clendenin's reference to the nine week strike back in 1983. Con Edison's back up plan in case of a strike centers on a scabbing operation. Alluding to Con Edison's scab backup plan, the report goes on:
Clendenin also insists management will step up if the lights go down. Saying half of their 5,000 non-unionized workers came up from the ranks, and know their way around splicing a cable.