Skip to comments.Heat Wave to Test Power Grid As Utility Threatens Strike
Posted on 06/30/2012 2:34:00 PM PDT by Inspectorette
Con Edison has authorized a strike if necessary; its contract expires at midnight Saturday.
The second heat wave of the summer will again test the power grid in our area just as a deadline comes for a possible Con Edison strike. Temperatures reached 98 degrees at LaGuardia Airport Friday, while Newark, N.J. saw 97 and Central Park hit 93.
A mix of sun and clouds continues Saturday and temperatures will linger in the muggy low- to mid-90s. Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon.
Con Edison and its workers are in the middle of contract negotiations, with the current contract for Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers of America expiring at midnight Saturday. John Melia, a spokesman for the union that represents about 8,500 workers, said there are issues over pensions. He said members in May authorized a strike if necessary.
Con Ed said it looked forward to "productive discussions with the union leadership on a new contract that's fair and equitable for our employees and customers."
The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the city during the daytime hours Friday and Saturday. Residents are advised to avoid strenuous activity and make sure to check on pets and elderly neighbors. Those who have to work outside are advised to schedule frequent breaks in shaded or air conditioned areas.
Cooling Centers are open Friday and Saturday. For locations, hours, and more information on avoiding heat illness and the Air Quality Index, click here or call 311.
The steambath continues Sunday and Monday, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 90s. Temperatures blazed across the metropolitan area last week, sending children to sprinklers as authorities urged people working outdoors to drink plenty of water and stay in the shade.
The sweltering weather was also blamed for the death of an 81-year-old man. The official cause of death for the unidentified Queens man was "hyperthermia due to environmental exposure with underlying conditions."
If only we had access to more energy. But alas, we do not. America: Land of no natural resources...
Please, please, please let them strike.
That would destroy them in the court of public opinion.
A union induced grid collapse at 100 deg and 60% humidity would be the best thing that could happen to the east coast. It would truly suck for good people but it would quickly rid the idiots of their total union worship.
Do wonders for the extraction and power (plant building) industry as well.
People need to feel the pain to see the light.
Probe Launched; Councilman: ‘There Will Be Hell To Pay’
January 3, 2011 6:28 PM
NEW YORK (CBS 2/WCBS 880) Call it the blizzard backlash.
Criminal investigations are under way to find out why it took so long to dig out from last weeks massive snow storm.
One video is now in the hands of prosecutors. It shows two sanitation trucks driving down 155th Street in the Whitestone section of Queens after the blizzard without removing the snow.
Their plows were apparently raised and the snow was left untouched in their wake, apparent proof that some in the Sanitation Department engineered a work slowdown.
[Its a] tremendous shock, said NYC Councilman Daniel Halloran, R-Queens.
Look for the UNION Label......and die.
It was surprising to see so many comments against the unions. Sheer outrage - only a couple of comments that stuck up for the unions.
The flames just keep a-comin’. You’d think this MSM mouthpiece was a conservative rag. The NYC public, facing a steamy heat wave, is fed up to HERE with the unions threatening a walk out in the middle of it. Any idea of getting union sympathy just died.
Many of the commenters in today's article talked about the snowplow drivers during the blizzard - they're still angry about it. People died.
Where’s the coal?
90’s is a cold chill in Texas.
Reminds me of the time during the Korean war when the steel workers were going to go on strike...President Truman nationalized the steel mills and sent in the Army to run them. Or when the air traffic controllers went on strike and President Reagan fired them all...and made it stick. We won’t see any decisive action like that even this time although old Bloomers has his nose up the white house’s butt. The People be damned!! Sad.
WE CAN’T USE COAL!!!!!!
My God man!!! Think of the squirrels and the wombats that could be scarred by miners 600 feet underground!!! Fish killed by a .0000000001 in sea level rise in 12,000 years!!!
I’ve never heard anything so absurd...coal he says....sheesh!
Not only old Bloomers. Obummer is shrewd enough to not kill the golden goose (unions). If he even thought about nationalizing the Con Ed union thugs, his campaign money would dry up in a heartbeat.
It was meant to be sarcasm. Perhaps all the greenies who will now be sweating and sweltering might change their minds. Not!
Good observation, and the resulting deaths wouldn’t help during this anti-union election year.
Threats like this are one of the MANY reasons I have despised unions since I was relatively young. The me, me, me mentality of the losers who join unions is disgusting. I would like to see every union in the country broken before I leave this earth. They are destroyers and parasites.
I know, so was mine ;)
I am amazed that A: the unions are this arrogant after the Walker routing and B: that the gen population back there is so willing to accept their ‘pain’ knowing they sit on 200+ years of cheap energy the politicians deny them.
Eventually they will get sick of the pain and inflict some of their own. At least I hope.
Couldn't happen to a more deserving politician.
You people in New York wanted environmental and union protections.
Now deal with it.
Think this sucks? Wait till these guys run your healthcare.
East Coasters will blame the rich and the evil corporations as sure as the sun rises in the East.
Our president has such poor leadership skills that he can’t even get a handle on the egos and infighting within his staff. Heck, he’s losing long traditional allies. (I wonder if Poland is accepting our phone calls yet.)
You forgot the Pikas man...I mean, at least remember the Pikas.
On a less serious note: “Let no crisis go to waste”.
It appears, amplification of any and all crises is now the norm.
Point in case: Western wildfires are not “epic”, as has been touted; however, they are trying real hard to get them to epic levels:
How is it that a 747 supertanker is not enlisted in the fight against these forest fires?
I repeat: “Let no crisis go to waste”!
Imagine this: the international president of the IAM-AW, the long-since deceased (and not necessarily lamented) William (Wimpy) Winpisinger placed the name of Jesse Jackson into nomination for the presidency at the 1988 Democratic National Convention.
Legally, each member of the union who obeyed the strike action could be held liable for MURDER for anyone who died of a heat related occurrence directly due to the strike.
Furthermore, the Union could be sued right out of existence.
Evergreen Aviation, based out here in McMinnville, Oregon, has such a supertanker. I don't know why it isn't being used in the Colorado fires.
Let's break out the baseball bats and signs...let the picketing begin.
The link illuminates the situation. Evergreen isn’t a small business and doesn’t qualify for monies from the government.
As posted, “Let no crisis go to waste”...how convenient.
I missed your previous post with the link (pesky neighbor was on the phone). Just WOW! Unbelievable the stupidity of our government.
My segue back into the original topic of this thread is that unions want to be government...ergo, communism and they will be dishonorable in the way they conduct themselves, and again, they will not waste this energy crisis when it’s exploitable.
Indeed, let their Liberal comrades on the Eastern Seaboard sing "the union label" jingle when they shop to re-stock their fridges/freezers of all the spoiled foods.
Cause the Zero has to show those pesky evangelicals whose the boss.
I watched the video of that plane. The USFS is at minimum criminally negligent IMO.
It’s an AZ plane so of course it won’t be used. Bastards. Eventually they will be held responsible for their crap. Karma is a real bitch.
Unions ARE government.
Nameless, faceless unelected bureaucrats, making thousands of decisions that affect all Americans...and they can't be fired.
Many if not most of them have six-figure incomes and a benefits package three times that amount...and that is at the state level, even in a poor state.
Additionally they are an automatic free campaign force for RATs as they get paid time off to help out during election season. Not only are you, as a taxpayer, paying them to work for RATs, they also contribute campaign money solely to RATs.
What do the RATs do in return? Why they make sure the unions are protected from Republicans and that the budget (union salaries and benefits) grows by a couple of percent each budget cycle.
“Eventually they will be held responsible for their crap.”
If the affected individuals know this, then hopefully, they should sue the fed for negligence.
Time to inform some more elected officials of this.
Evergreen Aviation is actually based in McMinnville, Oregon. The Evergreen Aviation Museum is the home of the Spruce Goose. Fascinating place to visit, not far from Portland on the way to the Oregon Coast. However, its CEO, Del Smith, is a Republican...
I find strikes absolutely obscene.
I find strikes absolutely obscene.
I thought that it said AZ in the vid but I must have misunderstood/confused it with something else they said RE AZ. I’m on 0 sleep for about 20 hours ;)
I would hate to be them if they were out on the road when the news hits they are on strike.