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  •  why should they work (3+ / 0-)
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    without a contract?

    No contract means: no safety language, no wage and hour agreement, in fact no agreement at all!

    Golly gee, what could possibly go wrong in that arrangement?

    Esp when the work you are doing is already dangerous, even with the best of safety language in the contract.

    ConEd has failed to negotiate in good faith, they know exactly when the contract expires, could have already had one in place had they negotiated in good faith.

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

    by JayRaye on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 09:07:25 AM PDT

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    •  It would actually be a contract extension (0+ / 0-)

      while negotiations proceed. The key point is the 7 day notice. Again, why would the Union not be willing to stay on the job with a 7 day notice?

      •  You left out one little word: "claims" (2+ / 0-)
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        You are reporting the company line as if it were fact. Which side are you on? The company knows full well when the contract expires! Could have already had a new contract in place.

        Here's a question you could ask: Why does the Company pay millions to the CEO and then drag its feet on negotiations with the union? But the questions you choose to keep throwing around tells us exactly which side you are on.

        The contract for 8,500 union workers expired at 2 a.m. Sunday after Con Ed claims the union rejected its offer to extend the current contract until July 14 to keep the talks going.

        WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

        by JayRaye on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 09:30:11 AM PDT

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        •  It is a question, not a claim. (0+ / 0-)

          I would like someone to explain the Union perspective. Is the Union denying the 7 day offer that has been widely reported? Their website neither confirms or denies it.

    •  And, in the meantime, ConEd as NO problem (2+ / 0-)
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      paying its CEO:

       

      CEO Kevin Burke received nearly $11 million dollars last year, almost three times as much as the median compensation for utility CEOs.   He has personally accumulated more than $18 million in pension benefit

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 09:17:37 AM PDT

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      •  The Power of Greed (2+ / 0-)
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        http://www.conedripoff.com/...

        Con Ed’s executive compensation is unsustainable.

        In addition to salary, incentive pay and stock options, executive compensation includes multiple retirement, savings, health and welfare plans, as well as supplemental plans only available to executives.

        The 2012 Con Ed Proxy Statement shows that Kevin Burke has accumulated more than $18.4 million in pension benefits, with $16.7 million provided in the executive Supplemental Retirement Income Plan (SRIP).

        Executive benefits could be a major contributor to the company’s benefit liabilities.

        While the pension fund available to workers has historically been well funded through NYS-approved rates, the SRIP, whose liability is included in the overall pension figures, is reported as having no assets.

        WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

        by JayRaye on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 09:57:06 AM PDT

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        •  And the Power Of the Workers: (2+ / 0-)
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          We are the 8,000 men and women who keep the lights on for Con Edison customers in New York City and Westchester County.  We are also proud members of Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2.
          Follow this link for more info and some great photos of our Fellow Workers in the Utility Workers Union of America!

          http://www.conedripoff.com/...

          WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

          by JayRaye on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 10:03:52 AM PDT

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        •  The web site for Locals 1-2 is here: (2+ / 0-)
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          http://uwua1-2.org/

          Please visit this web sit. All support helps in times like these. Those of us here at DK who are ON THE SIDE OF WORKING PEOPLE can leave messages of  SOLIDARITY and get updates.

          WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

          by JayRaye on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 10:11:38 AM PDT

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