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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.

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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