As Consolidated Edison restores power to the remaining customers affected by yesterday's rough weather, the utility and Local 1-2 are back at the bargaining table today to try to find common ground on pensions and wages.
Con Ed has restored power to nearly all of the customers left in the dark after yesterday's extreme heat and severe thunderstorms.
The utility's managers did much of the repair work, as workers belonging to Local 1-2 have been locked out since July 1.
The union previously asked state officials to help mediate the negotiations, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today the city is steering clear of any role in the contract talks.
"New York City is going to stay out of the Con Ed strike. Our only interest is we be assured that Con Ed keeps the service going," said the mayor. "We just went through another heat wave of 90-plus degrees and in all fairness to Con Ed, the system worked perfectly."
At one point Wednesday, some 14,000 customers were without power around the city, mostly in the Bronx and Queens.
Before the rain came, the utility also recorded its highest power usage of the year on Wednesday.