The folks who run Consolidated Edison would have us believe that they had no choice but to lock out their unionized workers in the middle of a heat wave. Don’t worry, they’ve said. Managers can handle any power-related crisis.
Right. And rates will remain the same for the next decade. And Con Ed will become a more-efficient, better-run organization—one of these days.
As any property-owner in New York City knows all too well, Con Ed is a symbol of all of the flaws associated with monopoly control over a product or service. Rates go up without any accountability or explanation. Work takes forever to finish. The utility’s 3.2 million customers are powerless, so to speak, to take their business elsewhere.
And now this—management has locked out 8,000 unionized workers for nearly two weeks, since the union’s contract expired on July 1. Bear in mind, this is a lockout, not a strike. Read More