Joshua Bright for The New York Times
John Lucchini, a Consolidated Edison mechanic, rallied locked-out union workers outside the utility’s Manhattan headquarters on Monday.
Published: July 2, 2012
Consolidated Edison and its biggest union made progress on Monday toward getting back to bargaining, one day after the utility company locked out 8,000 workers and sent managers and contractors into the field to keep electricity flowing throughout sweltering New York City.
Representatives of both sides agreed to meet on Thursday with federal mediators in hopes of restarting negotiations on a new contract for Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers Union of America. They were urged to reconcile by several elected officials, including the City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, just hours after a supervisor burned his head while repairing equipment in a substation in Brooklyn.
Union officials quickly cited the accident as the sort of trouble that would inevitably occur with less-experienced people maintaining a sprawling network of cables, switches and wires that serve 3.2 million customers in the city and Westchester County.
But a Con Ed spokesman, Michael Clendenin, said the injuries were minor and could have happened to any of its workers.
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