NYS AFL-CIO To Con Edison: You Picked the Wrong Fight

admin July 2, 2012 9

For Immediate Release
Contact: Ryan Delgado (518) 435-8516

NYS AFL-CIO To Con Edison: You Picked the Wrong Fight

Mario Cilento, New York State AFL-CIO President, issued the following statement:

Con Edison’s actions early Sunday morning were nothing short of reprehensible. They displayed unbridled contempt, not only for their workers, but for their loyal customers. Instead of continuing to bargain in good faith with Utility Workers Local 1-2, Con Edison chose to fire their union workers, thus endangering the safety and well-being of millions of New Yorkers.

The Utility Workers had a choice of whether to continue bargaining in good faith, or to strike, and they chose to negotiate. Con Edison had the choice to continue bargaining in good faith or to lock out their workers. They chose a lock-out.

It’s clear that Con Edison made this reckless choice, sacrificing the well-being of their customers and workers, for the sole purpose of attempting to intimidate and ultimately break the Utility Workers Union.

Well, on behalf of the 2.5 million workers of the New York State AFL-CIO, we have one very clear and simple message for Con Edison: You picked the wrong fight.

Our members are unified in this battle, a battle that started as a result of Con Edison’s deeply misguided notion that they could intimidate Local 1-2, and by extension the labor movement in New York. It’s just the opposite. The Utility Workers will have the resources of the New York State AFL-CIO and its brother and sister unions at their disposal for as long as necessary.

Not only has Con Edison put the safety and well-being of millions of New Yorkers at risk, they are also now on the verge of costing New York’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund approximately $3.4 million a week, beginning next week. Because Con Edison locked out their workforce, those workers will be eligible to file for Unemployment Insurance benefits seven days after the lockout began. As a result, 8,500 workers will be eligible for up to $405 a week for at least the next 26 weeks. Con Edison has single-handedly added to the economic difficulties facing our state and placed an unnecessary strain on the UI Trust Fund hurting other employers throughout the state who contribute to the fund.

We urge Con Edison to put its customers and workers first and to immediately begin negotiating in good faith with Local 1-2. If not, they better know that the 2.5 million union members of this state are in this battle for the long haul.

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9 Comments »

  1. KEN MARTIN July 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    IT’S OPEN SEASON ON UNIONS THESE DAYS WE ARE BECOMING THE SCAPEGOATS FOR THE ILLS OF THE ECONOMY,STAND STRONG UNION BROTHERS AND SISTERS-K MARTIN LOCAL 100 TWU

  2. stephen tower July 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    What can the public do to to support our workers?

  3. Scot Grefig July 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    This is CEO Kevin Burke of Consolidated Edison speaking of record profits over 30 years.

    http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000091672

  4. Sal July 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Help out local 1-2 show up and demonstrate with us. Lets show Con Ed, New York, And America we are here to stay. The union worker is the forgotten buch no respect for anything we do

  5. Tommy July 3, 2012 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Bruke is a selfish ******* he wants the rich to get richer and the poor get poorer it’s a shame we have to stick together in local 1-2 and all the other unions have to support us and not cross any lines

  6. Rusty Wilson July 3, 2012 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    Con You Ed, an A.L.E.C. member since 1979, want’s to screw everyone for the fat cats. They don’t care how many they put at risk or kill. Shame on you Con Ed!

    Con Edison Chairman Burke and his top executives have grown rich on the customers’ high electric rates. Recently he awarded his Board of Directors-whose total compensation is in six figures- with 20% raises, not to mention the already rich stock options they possess. Burke takes in more than $10 million a year and has a guaranteed pension of $18 million, all paid for by Con Ed customers. In contrast, the cost of Members of Local 1-2 makes up less than 5% of a customer’s bill.

    Do you think you’ll be a fat cat someday and don’t want unions, pensions, benefits or decent salaries for workers? Or are you just one of the numbed and dumb that wants everyone down in the hole that you’re in?

    Greetings in solidarity with all my union brothers and sisters, #OWS, and everyone fighting the 1% fat cats. Go Go Local 1-2!

    Rusty- DC37 Retiree
    Greenwich Village

  7. ED WILSON July 5, 2012 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    CON ED’S DISREGARD FOR THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING PROCESS OF CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS SHOWS INCOMPETENCE, DECEPTION, LACK OF MORALS (AFTER ALL THE MEDIA COVERAGE ON THE MILLKENS AND MADOFFS ,ETC, THE TOP EXECS ( THE 1%ERS) OF CON ED CONTINUE TO GIVE THEMSELVES RAISES IN EXCESS OF 20%

    AS FOR PULLING THE LOCKOUT DURING THE HEATWAVE,SHOWS DISREGARD FOR YOUR LONG TERM EMPLOYEES

    STAY UNITED!!! ED WILSON TWU-100
    RETIREE- BUS OPERATOR

  8. Sal July 7, 2012 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Con Ed has no reason to negotiate fair. They are bringing in non union workers from out of state. Lets not give the 8500 men and women what the deserve,Instead pay non union workers and put the public at risk. We see they have no desire to get us back to work. We need NY state to step in con ed does not wanna negotiate just break the union. Local1-2member

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