Con Edison, utility workers reach tentative deal averting strike

ByAnthony Carlo WABC logo
Sunday, June 23, 2024
Con Edison reaches tentative agreement with workers, avoids strike amid heat wave
Chantee Lans has more on the tentative agreement between Con Edison and utility workers.

EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan (WABC) -- After extensive negotiations, UWUA Local 1-2 has tentatively agreed to the terms of a new 4-year collective bargaining agreement with Con Edison, averting a strike.

The tentative deal was reached early Sunday morning and announced by the union on its social media pages.

"This agreement reflects the hard work and dedication of both parties to reach an agreement that benefits all. Moreover, this agreement would not be possible without the unwavering support of the rank and file," the union said in a statement.

Their current contract expired at midnight.

The new deal includes higher wages for utility workers, an enhanced medical plan with minimal increases and faster wage increases.

The talks were held at a hotel in White Plains.

It's a relief for the millions of New Yorkers who could have been impacted. Union representative Michael Peña said avoiding the strike was crucial during this heat wave.

The tentative deal now goes before the utility workers for a vote to ratify the agreement. That should happen in the coming days.

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