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Con Ed Reinstates Workers' Health Benefits As Lockout Enters Third Week

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Two weeks into the lockout of unionized Consolidated Edison workers, the utility has reinstated health benefits for its members.

Contract talks are scheduled to resume on noon Monday.

The union's leaders say negotiations on Saturday saw little other movement on other key sticking points, including pensions and wages.

About 8,500 union workers have been locked out since July 1, when talks broke down.

Con Ed wants to change the pension structure for new hires, but would keep it as is for existing workers.

The utility also says it has offered a 10-percent raise over four years.

Several hundred workers have held protests since, including outside the Con Ed chairman's home, as well as Con Ed headquarters in Gramercy.

About 5,000 Con Ed managers have been filling in since workers were locked out.

Local 1-2 filed a petition last week asking the New York Public Service Commission to end the lockout.

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