NEW YORK (AP) — Unionized workers with Consolidated Edison in New York City are being locked out and managers will run the utility, after contract negotiations failed.
Union spokesman John Melia says negotiations between the power company and Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers of America lasted just over 10 days. The contract expired at midnight Saturday.
Talks were suspended just before 2 a.m. Sunday with both sides saying they remained "far apart" on many issues.
Con Ed spokesman Michael Clendenin says the company was calling in 5,000 managers to run the utility because it couldn't run the risk of a strike by the unionized workers.
The union represents about 8,500 workers.
The talks occurred as New York braces for more hot weather. Many parts of the Northeast are under heat advisories or excessive heat warnings.
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