FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 24, 2012
Contact: Maggie Kao, 202-675-2384
Sierra Club Calls for End of Lockout at Consolidated
Edison in New York
New York, NY – The Sierra Club today called
for an end to the lockout of 8,500 members of the Utility Workers Union of
America (UWUA) at Consolidated Edison Company of New York. The lockout began on
July 1, when Con Edison refused an offer by 8,500 members of UWUA Local 1-2 to
continue work while negotiating a new contract.
The following is a statement from Sierra Club Executive
Director Michael Brune:
“We support the workers of UWUA Local 1-2,
who have been unfairly locked out of their jobs. These skilled workers keep New
York safe, and locking out hard-working union members is bad news for public
safety and the environment.
“The Sierra Club strongly supports the rights
of working people to have good, safe jobs with fair wages and benefits, which
is essential to protecting our communities and our environment.
“For the sake of our economy and the
well-being of New York families, Con Edison should end this lockout, return to
the bargaining table and get these workers a fair contract, so that they can
get back to the job of providing energy as safely and efficiently as possible to
New York businesses and families.”