NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Although there have been spotty power outages of late, Con Edison of New York said that it’s staying on top of the power grid, despite having its 8,500 union employees locked out.

But Con Ed was dealing with even more problems on Saturday morning. Workers spent the morning attempting to stop an uncontrolled oil leak in lower Manhattan.

Managers filling in for the thousands of locked-out workers dug up Vesey Street between Church Street and Broadway in an effort to plug up the leak.

Meanwhile, Con Edison has lowered voltage in 11 neighborhoods in the southeast section of the Bronx. The utility has also reduced voltage in 14 sections of Brooklyn.

A Con Ed spokesperson said that it’s a precaution, and that customers may not even notice the change.

Con Edison and representatives of UWUA Local 1-2 are set to resume talks on Saturday — along with a federal mediator — to try to work out a contract.

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