Con-Ed Attacks Pensions With Lockout, Utility Workers Say It’s Union Busting
[John Melia]: “They want to reduce our health benefits. They don’t really want to talk about a wage increase. They want everything. You know what they want? They wanna be the lords and they wanna have their workers be the peasants.”
Utility Workers of America Local 1-2’s John Melia. Con-Ed has locked out 8,500 union workers in New York City in the midst of a dangerous heat wave. Con-Ed is trying to destroy defined-benefit pensions by phasing them out. That’s the biggest sticking point in the labor negotiations. And Melia says it’s an effort to bust the Utility Workers Union in New York City.