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Labor Press, July 24, 2012, Tuesday

Labor Press

July 24, 2012, Tuesday

Labor Press (full article)

Public Perception Weighs Heavily on Con Ed Lock Out

The lock out of 8,500 members of Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers Union of America by Con Edison has entered its fourth week. The union will join the rally tomorrow, July 24 to show solidarity with low-wage workers as it continues to wage its own struggle for a new contract. LaborPress recently spoke with Ken Margolies, senior associate at the Worker Institute at the ILR School of Cornell University, who’s been following the lock out closely.

According to Margolies, Con Edison is taking a page out of the playbook of U.S.-based corporations who are playing hardball by demanding steep givebacks or concessions from their unionized workforces.