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Con Ed Reinstates Health Insurance For Locked-Out Workers; Negotiations To Resume Monday

Con Ed works on restoring power. (Credit: CBS 2)

Con Ed works on restoring power. (Credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - Consolidated Edison of New York has reinstated health insurance for 8,500 locked-out New York utility workers.

A Con Ed spokesman said on Sunday that negotiations with the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 will resume on Monday, as another heat wave is expected to hit New York City.

The Con Ed workers were locked out on June 30 after their contract expired and negotiations over a new one failed. About 5,000 managers are keeping electricity going for 3.2 million customers in New York City and Westchester County.

Neither Con Ed nor the union has indicated any real progress.

Union spokesman John Melia said that the company “bowed to public pressure” in reinstating the health insurance. Workers are covered for July retroactively.

The National Weather Service forecasts high temperatures in the 90s in the coming days.

What is your prediction for when this dispute will be resolved? Let us know in the comments section below…

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