It’s lamentable that Con Edison locked out around 8,000 employees early Sunday morning after contract talks failed. Lamentable and dangerous.
But we understand where the utility is coming from. It offered to extend the current contract for two more weeks so talks could go on, along with the condition that the union would warn of any strike a week ahead of time, and Con Ed would do the same for a lockout. But the union refused.
We sympathize with the workers. But their leadership should have extended the current contract and stayed at the bargaining table. We urge Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers United of America to reopen the talks. Con Ed’s offer remains. The ball is in the union’s court now.