Hearing to Look at Con Edison Safety Record

July 25, 2012

A hearing will examine Con Edison’ New York City 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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