- Last Updated: 2:17 AM, July 8, 2012
- Posted: 2:17 AM, July 8, 2012
As its labor lockout stretches into a second week, Con Ed is blacking out information on customer blackouts.
The utility yanked street- and block-level data about electric outages from its Web site yesterday, alleging that members of its biggest union used the data to assault management employees repairing wires.
“We’re getting reports that some crews are being harassed,” said Con Edison spokesman Alfonso Quiroz.
One union member blared a blow horn in a manager’s ear, resulting in serious hearing damage, Quiroz said.
And in Armonk, Westchester, two bullets and an arrow were fired at electrical wires, he said.
“We don’t want to publicize where [the blackouts] are, or give a location to the press,” Quiroz said. “We have to balance the safety of employees with how much information we provide for our customers.”
The Web site’s outage map yesterday afternoon showed outages hitting 105 customers in College Point, Queens, and 106 in The Bronx. Quiroz declined to give more specific locations.
Con Ed was slammed by the state for misleading the public about the size of the 2006 Astoria blackout. Ten days after that outage began, the company admitted 25,000 customers had lost power, 10 times more than it first reported.
“It’s a matter of public interest when public utility service isn’t on,” said Gerald Norlander of the Public Utility Law Project.
Con Ed and Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers Union of America met for an hour yesterday. Talks are to resume Tuesday.