Con Edison ends brownouts as heatwave nears end

Mon Jul 9, 2012 3:16am IST

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* Union negotiations to resume Tuesday
    * Five-day heatwave to end Sunday

    By Scott DiSavino
    NEW YORK, July 8 (Reuters) - New York power company
Consolidated Edison Inc said the voltage reductions, also
known as brownouts, ended on Sunday morning as the brutal
heatwave eased its grip on the Big Apple.
    Con Edison, which has been talking to its locked-out 8,000
member unionized workforce about a new contract, reduced the
voltage in some neighborhoods in Brooklyn and the Bronx last
week as replacement crews mostly made up of managers worked in
the heat to fix some broken equipment serving those communities.
    Con Edison told customers in the affected neighborhoods they
could keep running their air conditioners despite the voltage
    Most customers do not even notice a voltage reduction, which
mostly affects incandescent lights, hot water heaters and some
    The company however did ask all of the 3.2 million homes and
businesses it serves in New York City and Westchester County to
use energy wisely during the heatwave.
    High temperatures in New York reached 92 degrees Fahrenheit
(33 degrees Celsius) on Wednesday, 95 F on Thursday, 93 F on
Friday, 97 F on Saturday and 90 F on Sunday, according to
    As the heatwave baked the Big Apple, Con Edison and the
union participated in negotiating sessions to end the lockout,
which started on July 1 after the company told the union
employees not to report to work after the settlement ended
without a deal last weekend.
    The union and company had their last negotiating session on
Saturday and were expected to meet again on Tuesday at noon
Eastern Time (1600 GMT).
    The heatwave will ease its grip on the city later Sunday.
Temperatures next week will return to near normal levels with
highs expected in the mid 80s Monday through Friday, said.
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Comments (2)
CElockout wrote:
How come the only thing mentioned is the 5000 management employees replacing 8500 union but no mention is made of the additional retirees that have been brought back (at contractor rates) or the outside utility from Virginia (IBEW Local 50) that are hiding in wait behind buildings in large parking lots, crossing Local 1-2′s picket lines to make repairs before going back into hiding (they’ve been caught in Brooklyn already)? If history holds true, ConEd is paying them about $120/hr plus hotel and meal money. Way to save the customer money!!!!

Jul 08, 2012 6:13am IST  --  Report as abuse
acde wrote:
Wow $120 an hour I’m sure they’ll be thrilled to hear that, especially since it’s total BS. Most of those guys from VA are making less than half of what Con Ed pays those union guys that are whining about money, oh yeah and they have no benefits because they are contractors. In this case both sides are wrong and need to suck it up and send our VA guys home. Quit whining about getting paid $30 + an hour and having fantastic benefits and con ed needs to quit trying to screw its workers. The only people really getting shafted are the out of state crews that are away from their families making the same crap pay they made down here but now being forced to stay in hotels where a cheeseburger costs $20.

Jul 08, 2012 7:35am IST  --  Report as abuse
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