Con Edison and Union Workers Make No Headway

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Consolidated Edison Inc. and the union representing its employees ended talks Tuesday with little indication that the two sides were any closer to a resolution. They are expected to resume talks Wednesday morning.

In a news release, Con Edison said it's offering wage increases of more than 10 percent, over the next four years, to employees it locked out of their jobs ten days ago. The utility also said it'll hold the line on employee contributions to health care, for the first year of the new contract.

But the union isn't buying it. John Melia, with Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers of America, accused the utility of lying to the public, the media, and its employees....but refused to elaborate on what, exactly, Con Ed offered to the union at the bargaining table.

Negotiations between the power company and Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers of America have been going on for weeks. Talks resumed Tuesday afternoon, after taking a break over the weekend.

The contract for the union's 8,500 members expired at midnight on June 30 and the company locked out the workers on July 1.

Con Edison has more than 3 million customers and has been using managers in the field in place of the union members.

Janet Babin and the Associated Press contributed reporting.