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Con Ed’s Lock Out ‘Hypocritical and Inhumane’

Con Ed’s Lock Out ‘Hypocritical and Inhumane’

New York’s Consolidated Edison Power Co. made $1 billion in 2011 profits and its CEO Kevin Burke raked in a nearly 40 percent pay hike over the past several years, making it “hypocritical and inhumane for Con Ed to propose cuts in employee health care and retirement benefits,” says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Con Ed locked out some 8,500 workers after contract negotiations stalled July 1. The power company wants to replace pensions with a 401(k)-type savings plan. After locking out the workers, members of Utility Workers UWUA Local 1-2, Burke cut off health care for all of them.

(Click here to tell Con Ed to end the lockout.)

In a letter to Burke dated July 9, Trumka wrote that 

The skilled men and women represented by Local 1-2 keep Con Edison operating efficiently each day.

But by locking out the workers, 

Con Edison has needlessly placed the public at risk of service interruptions as New Yorkers find themselves in the throes of a relentless heat wave. 

Click here to show your support for workers.

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