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Con Ed strike or lockout possible

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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 4:51 pm | Updated: 12:39 pm, Sun Jul 1, 2012.

Queens, NY — The union representing 8,000 Con Edison workers said contract negotiations could come down to the wire this weekend.

The four-year contract between the company and Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers Union of America expires at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday morning. Should there be a strike or a lockout it would come smack in the middle of the second heat wave of the summer.

The National Weather Service is calling for high temperatures of 94 degrees in Rego Park on Sunday and 89 on Monday. All of Queens will be under a heat advisory through early next week.

John Melia said the workers involved include linemen, those who work underground, meter readers and customer service representatives among others.

“The people you see every day,” Melia said. “We’re still very far apart. Right now the company is lecturing us on what it wants. They’re not coming to the bargaining table for back and forth negotiations.”

He said the sticking point is the employee benefit package.

“We look forward to productive discussions with the union leadership on a new contract that is fair and equitable for our employees and customers,” said a Con Ed spokesman in a statement issued by the utility.

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