National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka writes to Con Ed CEO Kevin Burke regarding the “reprehensible” lockout of 8,500 utility workers; calls on Con Ed to start bargaining in good faith. (Entire letter attached here)
Statements below from NYS AFL-CIO and NYC Central Labor Council Presidents in support of
Trumka’s intervention on behalf of Utility Workers of America Local 1-2.
“President Trumka’s concern and intervention from the national level on behalf of the locked out workers of Con Edison demonstrates just how shockingly despicable the company’s actions have been,” said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO. “Con Edison’s outright disdain for its workers and the customers they proudly serve has united unions from all industries and sectors across the city, state, and now the country. Con Edison is on notice that the labor movement will fight alongside Local 1-2 members until they have won a fair contract – no matter how long that takes.”
“Con Ed’s ill-advised lockout and blatant anti-worker attitude is drawing the concern and attention of Labor nationwide. Con Ed’s lockout is yet another attack on middle-class workers and their families, and unions across the country are prepared to stand together and support Local 1-2 in its fight for a fair contract,” said Vincent Alvarez, President of NYC Central Labor Council.