Friday, July 6, 2012

Christine Quinn Con Ed Lockout

Is Christine Quinn taking management's side in the labour lock-out at Con Edison, in the middle of a heat wave, really ?

When the lights go out, don't call Christine Quinn. From The Nation magazine :

The lockout also highlights some of the continuing friction in labor’s relationship with the Democratic Party. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn appeared to be playing both sides by sending a joint letter to Con Ed CEO [Kevin] Burke and Harry Farrell, president of Local 1-2, requesting that Burke end the lockout and that Farrell agree to “reasonable” notice before a walk out, citing concerns about people losing power during a heat wave. But the union’s refusal to provide seven days’ notice is the reason Con Ed locked them out in the first place, leading some union members to believe Quinn is siding with management.

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