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Negotiations Between Con Ed, Union Enter Third Week

Con Edison Lockout (credit: CBS 2)

Con Edison Lockout (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) –  Talks between Consolidated Edison and its largest union ended Monday night with no agreement three weeks after negotiations began.

Con Ed re-instated health insurance for the 8,500 locked-out workers, but otherwise neither the company nor Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 has indicated any real progress in the negotiations over pensions, wages and health care costs.

The union says Con Ed re-instated employee health insurance in a response to public pressure. Workers are covered for July, retroactively.

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.

Going into the third week of negotiations, there have been no major outages.

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