NY Assembly Plans Hearing On Con Ed Lockout

The state Assembly plans a Wednesday public hearing on the ongoing Con Edison worker lockout.

The hearing, to held jointly by three Assembly committees, will “examine the protocols in place to ensure the safety of employees and the public in this challenging situation,” according to a notice made public Thursday.

The notice cites two non-fatal injuries to newly reassigned employees that occurred since Con Ed locked out 8,500 employees and replaced them with management.

AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento said he plans to testify.

“This is really an issue of public safety, customer safety and, of course, worker safety and there are a lot of questions that need to be asked,” Cilento said.

Con Ed spokesman Michael Clendenin said the utility was aware of the Assembly hearing, but as of Thursday had not yet been asked to testify.

He argued that Con Ed recently made it through the recent heat wave and Wednesday’s storm outages without serious problems.

“We're operating the system well with our management employees -- as we said we could,” Clendenin said.

The three-week standoff with the union is over management’s desire to impose 401(k)s for new employees, rather than enrollment in the traditional pension system.


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