Union plots next move as NY utility talks collapse

Unionized workers with Consolidated Edison in New York City will be picketing as their leadership plots their next move following failed contract talks and a lockout.

FILE- In this Aug, 20, 2989 file photo, a Consolidated Edison crew works to repair a steam pipe that had exploded in New York City. Consolidated Edison and its unionized workers are facing a midnight, July 1, 2012, deadline as their contract negotiations continue. (AP Photo/David A. Cantor, File

NEW YORK (AP) — Unionized workers with Consolidated Edison in New York City will be picketing as their leadership plots their next move following failed contract talks and a lockout.

A union spokesman said Harry Farrell, president of Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers of America, on Monday will call for federal mediators to intervene to get talks started again.

Both sides say they're far apart on many issues.

Company spokesman Mike Clendenin said on "Good Morning New York" that the company has been trying to get union negotiators back to the table since Sunday.

Union spokesman John Melia says he'll issue a statement later Monday.

Negotiations stopped just before 2 a.m. Sunday, just hours after the existing contract expired. The impasse came as New York braced for more high temperatures this week.

Associated Press
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