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Entergy, Union Agree to Resume Labor Talks

Entergy and UWUA Local 369 have agreed to resume contract negotiations beginning Monday under the guidance of a federal mediator.

More than a week after locking out union workers under the threat of a strike, Entergy, the owner of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, and the Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 have agreed to resume labor negotiations beginning Monday, June 18.

The Louisiana-based nuclear power generation company locked out union employees after the two sides failed to come to an agreement as the previous contract expired June 5.

Approximately 250 employees at Pilgrim were affected by the lockout, and many have been picketing outside the plant since June 5.

"The company remains committed to good faith negotiations," according to an email from Entergy spokesman Carol Wightman

Dan Hurley, president of UWUA Local 369, said union leadership has been "ready and willing to negotiate at all times throughout this process and are pleased to finally be heading back to the bargaining table on Monday afternoon....There is absolutely no reason why the company should not be able to reach agreement on a fair contract that recognizes the hard work of the men and women who run the plant, keep it safe and make it extremely profitable for management," Hurley continued. "It's also time for Entergy to end this lockout, which needlessly puts the safety of our communities at risk."

Wightman said that until an agreement on a new contract is reached, Entergy will continue using replacement workers at the plant.

Nuclear consultant June 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Management is doing a fine job of operating this unit Remember management trained most of the hardly working union bums
Ron shorter June 19, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Becarful what you say because most of your Management at Pilgrim have come from the hardly working union bums, But I'm guessing you should know that ? So are you calling them bums too or is it just a job change that you think makes someone. don't be so self absorbed thinking a title makes the person. And use your real name don't hide behind a skirt of anonymity
citizen1 June 19, 2012 at 02:06 AM
they make it sound like making a profit is a sin. that's what this country is based on, it's call economy. and the union isn't full of bums, just greedy self entitled wretches. unions were formed to help inhuman working conditions that existed in the past. now the unions hold a monopoly on some of the best jobs in the country and still they feel they are entitled to more. and ron you should know that to speak out in your own name would pink slip you before you blink. the plant has been operating just fine without the whiners and they are starting to realize that maybe they are replaceable.
Ron shorter June 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I don't have a problem speaking out in my own name, if I have something to say I'll use my name I have integrity , I won't hide behind some handle, that's why all those men and woman fought in all those wars so I would have the right to speak out in fear of a " pink slip " I'm not worried
Ron shorter July 10, 2012 at 09:00 PM
I guess there are no pink slips given out to those bums as you say! So stop your name calling and put up or shut up say who you are or go home

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