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Utility Worker Charged With Assault On Con Ed Manager

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As Consolidated Edison and the utility workers union head back to the bargaining table Tuesday, a worker was arrested Monday for assaulting a manager.

Police say 33-year-old Paul Grassi is charged in connection with a July 3 incident in which he allegedly blew an airhorn in a Bronx manager's ear, resulting in pain and possible permanent hearing loss.

Meanwhile, workers were out in force once again at the utility's headquarters in Gramercy on Monday.

Con Ed locked out 8,500 unionized employees more than a week ago.

Workers said on Monday they want an agreement but their resolve remained strong.

"We're happy that they're talking right now, obviously, but our main concern is obviously our pensions, our wages, our benefits," said one locked-out worker.

"Settle this please. We want to work," said a second.

"We can survive out here, they're not going to break us. They want to break us, but they're not going to break us," said a third.

About 5,000 managers have been working to keep the power flowing during the dispute.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has asked the state's Public Service Commission to make sure Con Ed has a plan to handle any further heat waves.

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