Monthly Archives: July 2012

PULP Describes Walk-In Customer Service Deficiencies During Con Edison’s Lockout of Union Members to Legislative Committees

In a July 24, 2012 letter, PULP described the diminution of services to customers seeking help at Con Edison walk-in customer service centers to three state legislative committees conducting hearings on the effects on safety, reliability, and customer service during its lockout of approximately 8,000 employees who are union members. Based on Con Edison’s Response Read more…

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PSC Seeks Comments on Whether the Federal Preemption Doctrine Bars It From Taking Action Regarding Service Diminution During Lockout Because the Union has Filed an Unfair Labor Practice Claim with the NLRB

In the Con Edison lockout investigation case, the New York PSC Secretary issued a ruling today granting an opportunity for petitioners to reply, and asking them to address Con Edison’s claim that the PSC cannot grant the interim relief requested, which would stop the lockout while the effect on service is investigated, because a  case Read more…

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Unions Rebut Con Ed Assurances to PSC that Lockout of 8,000 Employees Has Not Eroded Services

In a proceeding at the Public Service Commission considering a petition to investigate service deterioration during Con Edison’s lockout of union members, the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Local 1-2, Utility Workers Union of America, New York Central Labor Council and New York State AFL-CIO    filed a Reply on July 20, 2012 to representations to Read more…

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Three Assembly Committees to Hold Joint Hearing On Con Edison Service During Its Lockout of 8,000 Employees

The New York State Assembly Committees on Energy, Labor. and Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions will hold a hearing in New York City on Wednesday, July 25 regarding the provision of utility service by Con Edison during its lockout of approximately 8,000 workers.  Con Edison has claimed its service is no less safe and reliable while management and Read more…

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PULP Replies to Con Edison Defense of Reducing its Walk-in Customer Services During Lockout of Unionized Employees

For background, see the prior posts regarding the July 1, 2012 Con Edison lockout of unionized employees, the union’s petition to the NY PSC for investigation of service reductions, and PULP’s motion to intervene urging the PSC to Order reopening and resumption of full service at its walk-in customer service centers, as has been ordered Read more…

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Inspector General Report Faults Utility Gifts to Department of Public Service Staff Investigating Safety Issues; Utility to Pay Fine of $1.667 Million

The Syracuse Post Standard reports that: National Grid is expected to pay a $1.667 million penalty next month to settle charges that for years it plied workers at the state agency that regulates the utility with gifts including meals and rounds of golf.The gifts were uncovered during an investigation of Public Service Commission employees by Read more…

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PULP Moves to Intervene in Proceeding Regarding Deterioration of Customer Service During Con Edison Lockout

The Consolidated Edison Company of New York (“Con Edison”) locked out about  8,500 of its unionized employees on July 1, 2012.  On July 11, the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO Local 1-2  and others petitioned the Public Service Commission requesting an immediate investigation regarding safety, reliability, and customer service deterioration due to the lockout, and seeking Read more…

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PSC Directs Con Edison to Respond to Petition for Investigation of Service Impairment Due to Company’s Lockout of Unionized Workers

On July 12, 2012, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) directed Con Edison to respond by July 17, 2012 to a Motion for Initiation of Expedited Investigation and Interim Relief “seeking that the Commission:  (1) initiate and conduct on an expedited basis an investigation into the quality, reliability, and safety of the service currently being provided by Read more…

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FERC Urged to Use Portion of Funds Disgorged by Alleged Wholesale Electricity Market Manipulator to Bolster Utility Consumer Advocacy

Utility consumer advocates from the PJM RTO region are asking FERC to allocate $1.2 of the $6 million for electric consumers in the PJM region to enhance policing of the wholesale markets.  See MOTION OF INDICATED JOINT PJM STATE CONSUMER ADVOCATE AGENCIES TO PROPOSE APPORTIONMENT OF MONIES IN PJM FUND AND PROPOSAL, FERC Case No. IN12-7, filed July 10, 2012.  Background Read more…

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FERC ALJ Decides Motions of Parties Seeking Role in Proposing to FERC Uses of Disgorged $78 Million NYISO Market Gaming Profits, Clarifies Process.

On July 11, 2012, a FERC ALJ decided motions regarding “eligiblity” of parties to recommend how FERC will allocate disgorged profits from alleged gaming of NYISO electricity markets.  The fund is for the benefit of electricity consumers.  See New York Formulating Plans to Use $78 Million Disgorged by Energy Trader for the Benefit of Electricity Consumers, PULP Network, Read more…

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