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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York City utility Consolidated Edison and its union are agreeing to end a lockout and labor conflict.
Cuomo announced the deal Thursday afternoon, hours after crews began returning to work in advance of potentially severe storms racing to New York that threatened power outages.
At the urging of Cuomo the state's Public Service Commission convened a meeting with Consolidated Edison and the union representing its workers to try and end the three week lockout. Cuomo said the lockout had gone on "long enough." The threat of severe weather later Thursday added a sense of urgency to the meeting.
"Con Ed and Local 1-2 have agreed that the necessary personnel will immediately return to work to prepare for the possibility of an approaching storm and will remain on the job for the duration of any emergency and any following repairs," Cuomo said in a statement.
The governor said Con Ed and Local 1-2 will continue to work to reach a full contract agreement.
The Con Ed workers were locked out after their contract expired and negotiations over a new one failed. About 5,000 managers are keeping electricity going for 3.2 million customers in New York City and Westchester County.