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Another Tentative Power Plant Labor Agreement

Entergy and the Union have a new contract to send to union members for ratification.

The owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear power Station, Entergy, and the union of the employees who operate the plant have reached another tentative agreement to end a month-long strike and lock-out. Neither side released details of the tentative agreement Friday night.

“After this latest round of negotiations, we've agreed to bring Entergy's offer back to our membership for a vote,” Dan Hurley, president of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 369, said. “This has been a long process for our workers, as they have been locked out of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant for the past month and without medical coverage since the beginning of July. Entergy's ongoing lockout of experienced workers jeopardizes the safety of our communities, and we have set a vote for this Sunday, July 8th in an effort to give our members an opportunity to vote on this contract offer as quickly as possible. Ultimately our members will decide whether Entergy has made a sincere and reasonable offer that addresses their concerns about healthcare, safe staffing and equitable pay.”

The corporation side also had positive language.

“We are pleased with the positive outcome of this challenging negotiation process and appreciate the hard work and efforts put forth by both parties to get to this point,” Pilgrim’s Site Vice President Robert Smith said. “We believe this new union contract represents fair and equitable terms for both our employees and the company, which is what we have all been striving for throughout the negotiation process.”

Union members rejected the former tentative agreement.

“The Union will be scheduling a ratification vote and we look forward to a positive outcome and having our employees back to work,” Entergy spokesman Carol Wrightman said.

joe legion July 07, 2012 at 10:08 AM
Tentative - unsure; uncertain; not definite or positive; hesitant: a tentative smile on his face.
Michael R. Landers July 07, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Bravo!! Let's hope that the offer is fair and equitable and that a resumption of normality prevails.
Ernie Douglas July 08, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Only 25 voters needed to switch from no to yes, and the offer will be approved. I think a month of watching Entergy run the plant safely has persuaded at least 25 that it is time to face facts, get real, and get back to work. None of their reckless accusations, attempted intimidation, or political games changed the fact the management can and did run the plant very well during the lockout. The usual anti-nukes and career labor organizers hyperventilated about greed, safety, out of state tyranny, etc. to no avail. Could have avoided the whole lockout if the union agreed to a temporary no-strike agreement while talks continued, but the union refused, knowing that no nuclear company in the country could agree. So at the end of the day, the only real winners are professional labor organizers like Hurley and lawyers. The company breaks even, and the members lost $ thousands.
Nuclear consultant July 08, 2012 at 12:58 PM
they will approve it today....see you guys on Tuesday
citizen1 July 08, 2012 at 01:23 PM
can mr. hurley please stop saying entergy was jeopardizing the safety of the community!! the plant was run very well while they were gone, there were no safety issues. stop trying to take the heat off yourself mr. hurley, you are the one that put people in jeopardy, just ask your union.
Nuclear consultant July 08, 2012 at 02:25 PM
The union thrives on fear, they try to scare the community, they intimidate the replacements, and there is now infighting between the brotherhood.
Walter July 08, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Entergy's new offer isn't new at all. 4-5 weeks of pay out the window for a contract that could have been signed weeks ago.The nonsense about it being it being the best time of peoples lives comes from the people that hurt their brothers who needed pay for their kids and families and is selfish.There are no jobs out there look at the economic news. These are good jobs and you should be happy to have them but make no mistake if you don't want them they can run the plant without you until the next refueling and by then your replacements will long be in place. Sorry Brian, Tom and Susan but you lost.
Walter July 08, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Yes the union will cave as Hurley's repeated innuendos of imminent doom are falling on dear ears. People are more concerned about the sharks on Cape Cod then they are these workers or this plant. Read the tea leaves, take what is offered and get back to work.
Walter July 08, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Hurley isn't a winner in this case. If they take this contract they fought for basically nothing and the members lost financially in a large way versus just having worked. What the union fails to realize but that the people understand is the union put the community at "risk" not the company. The company was forced to replace them because they wouldn't agree to not walking out on the job. The union says we'd never have done that well then sign something to that effect instead of being pigheaded and using it as a hammer. Huge miscalculation on the union leaderships part. The company lost too in overtime but the biggest loss goes to the hard working 35ish who wanted to work all along to feed their families. Unions think they are way more powerful than they are these days. They don't muscle corporations but they can keep bad workers on the job. That's about all they are good for now.
Ernie Douglas July 08, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Offer was ratified 141-67. Guys will start processing in tomorrow. Everyone back in normal roles Wednesday morning.
Walter July 08, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Maybe we can keep the 67 on strike? Probably wouldn't effect the work load any.
joe legion July 09, 2012 at 08:17 AM
Too bad you have been brain dead for the past month........It was never a strike.
Plymouth Ed 542 July 20, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Nuclear consultant drink some more company juice,you are uninformed,local 369 was walked off the site on June 6 they did not leave their work areas.Your next job will be $10 a hour.

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