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Keating: 'Imperative' that Pilgrim and Union Settle Lockout

Congressman Bill Keating visited picketing workers at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Tuesday as he urges the two sides to negotiate a contract immediately.

Seven days after the lockout at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station began, union members are still picketing outside the plant.

Tuesday, Congressman Bill Keating joined picketing workers to show his support.

There are two central issues of which we cannot lose sight. First, this lock-out is putting an unnecessary strain on our local families at a time when they can least afford it. Pilgrim’s hard-working employees, some of whom have worked there for years, depend on their paychecks, and without a regular income, they are struggling with numerous challenges such as trying to find temporary work to pay the bills. Second, these individuals are experts in a highly specialized field. They are the men and women we need operating this plant. It is imperative they are reinstalled in their jobs and I strongly urge Entery to come back to the table immediately to negotiate their contracts.

Entergy continues to say it is with UWUA Local 369, but will not allow union members back on the job as long as the threat of a strike remains.

Union representatives say Entergy has not approached them with an offer to negotiate. Saturday, the union filed a , claiming that Entergy officials threatened union workers and have been illegally taping the picket line.

Meanwhile, members of the anti-nuclear group Freeze Pilgrim -- which was successful in getting Plymouth voters to until lessons learned from the Fukushima disaster in Japan were addressed at the plant -- have filed a complaint with the town's inspectional department, claiming that , along with state and federal workers' safety laws by having replacement workers sleep in trailers on the plant's grounds.

Today is day eight of the lockout.

Ouie Boscoe June 22, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Susan what about those 89 honest working people can they sue the 137 whiners. All those 89 want to do is go back to work but 137 whiners won't let them. So i say let the 89 sue the rest for undue stress.
Ouie Boscoe June 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM
:-) Once again all I can say is Oyster Creek Union look at what they got.
Tom McCoy June 23, 2012 at 12:24 AM
"E.D." You're trying to bust the union. Enthusiasm for Pilgrim is Down in this Town for you and your Company. We still can't figure how Entergy got by the NRC with that 40 year old bomb. The cavelier and condasending attitudes as voiced by Entergy and you for their your own people is despicable. You don't even back your own. (that's the meaning of SCAB).All your workers have are their voices against the billion dollar a year Nuclear Waste generator. The way your company slips around the NRC approval system,Plymouth and state Pols it's shameful. These Patriot Strikers are just trying to get a piece of the Billion dollar Entergy pie. It proves Entergy will eat its own for less than a .001% of it's profits. It's not like Entergy didn't make a 10% profit off of Massachusetts rate payers this year and they're still demanding give backs? If you don't even treat your people right you aren't going to treat you customers right. Maybe it's time for Entergy to get out of town and go back to their right to work state and we'll see how your prospect look then. Citizen99%
Tom McCoy June 23, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Louie B. If you or yours is a union member,you are shameless. If not, your not of very good character. Putting someone else down for what they believe is not your right. They're standing up with only their line and their voices against a multibillion dollar company who is trying to grab obscene profits by cutting benefits.Is Entergy proud of Oyster Creek? Shame on them. Look at Fukushima that's where the same tyranical attitudes of invincibility got them.Same design?HMMMMMM!
Tom McCoy June 23, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Casey, I was as nice as pie.
MiddleOfTheRoad June 23, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Ron, who are these people that have been fired and what were they told to do? I would have to say that you are getting some really bad information from your source. That was a completely inaccurate statement.
MiddleOfTheRoad June 23, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Tom first off, in your opinion should we join the picket line or quit our jobs? And then what? How irresponsible would that be? What should I tell my family? How will I pay my bills? Are you going to help me find another job at the same pay and benefits? Please Tom, tell me. You seem to have all the answers and I really need your advice right now. Secondly, the union chose not to sign a contract extension that would have kept the membership working while the negotiations were being handled. So go on with your horror stories of fire hoses and corruption. Oh yeah! Corruption! Please Mr. Know it all tell me then what all the comotion was at the union hall this past Sunday. You know, the allegations by the former 369 president against the current one regarding some missing money that the current presidents wife may alledgedly know something about. Yes. Please tell us the how this good and righteous union is looking out for their people. You my friend live in the biggest glass house on the block and you have an endless supply of stones.
MiddleOfTheRoad June 23, 2012 at 01:39 AM
And one more thing Tom. If anyone is a scab in this forum it's you. You are a scab on society. You have an entitlement mentality and you have the appearance of a socialist. If you want to live in a socialist utopia, then go join your friends in Greece. Your words are trite and meaningless. Your opinion is so skewed that you lack merit in your arguement. You continually repeat the same BS over and over. You are accusing me of having no soul because I chose to get an education and then get a professional level job? You sir, are a moron.
MiddleOfTheRoad June 23, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Ron you would really be surprised at how many people inside are pulling for you.
Tom McCoy June 23, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Middle of the Road,C1 and NUKEWORKER If you don't know who the fired people are working on the bomb you're really scaring the heck out of me now. Citizen99%
MiddleOfTheRoad June 23, 2012 at 01:47 AM
See you on judgement day? Does God require everyone to have a union card to get into Heaven now? I see where you're coming from now. You were a board operator back in the 70's. That was before drug testing. Smoke up brother. I hear the Grateful Dead's going on tour again.
MiddleOfTheRoad June 23, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Oh Tom, your true colors are finally showing. You're not really a pro-union guy. You're an anti nuke. You started blogging pro-union to get people going and now you've finally taken the turn. You're such a worm. Did mommy mary lampert put you up to this? The truth is revealed and we can all see who the real puppet is here. Don't confuse people being angry with Entergy for your kind that wants to shut it down and do away with these peoples jobs and livelyhoods. Go tell your "My Daddy told me" stories down at the coffee shop where you might have some other old timers who will think you're stories are clever.
MiddleOfTheRoad June 23, 2012 at 01:56 AM
And I hope you stop smoking medicinal marijuana before you go to bed.
MiddleOfTheRoad June 23, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Tom was the Salvation Army that hardcore for you? The gold bricks were the ones that ran the stores and the true warriors like Tom were in front of Walmart ringing bells.
MiddleOfTheRoad June 23, 2012 at 02:00 AM
That's why I rarely see them.(lol)
MiddleOfTheRoad June 23, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Tom, so you're saying that approximately 97% of the population in this country is not of good character because they are not in a Union? You must live a very solitary life, because a man of your character would never associate with a non-union lowlife. I hear Disney World is hiring. It would be a fantastic retirement job for you. They're looking for a new Goofy.
MiddleOfTheRoad June 23, 2012 at 02:13 AM
That's probably because no one was fired. The same workers that came in on the first day were still there today. Some workers were sent out temporarily when it was thought that the tentative agreement was going to pass after the Union committee signed off on it. The workers were since brought back. Any more concerns?
Tom McCoy June 23, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Middle of the Road,"There is no," Your verbal support of your company just displays your contempt for your own position. I know you don't like the situation, but you must believe deep in your gut that this isn't the unions fault. The company wants more profits. 10% is not enough? How can you attack your own? If you claim an education and some spiritual understanding,you know you can't eat your own, especially in front of strangers on this site. Your company isn't compelling you to attack them and me (a customer). You write because you want to.That's what they call a scab. You and Entergy have assumed the role of Bully against your own. My stake in your delemma is keeping my family safe and trying to learn about the people who are presumed to be doing that. So far I'm not impressed.I also could never support the billion dollar company over a coworker unless I felt threatened. You weren't. But, Entergy seems to have convinced you that this is moral.Yes, It was your choice to take the management job, but now you don't like some of the crap that comes with it.. Your supposed to do it and for your own people's sake, you could shut up. You have a right to work and workers have a right to strike and voice what ever they can. That too is what you're paid for. Stay sharp and don't hit the wrong switch Citizen99%
Tom McCoy June 23, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Oh Middle of the Road, I finally figured out who you are. Mr.Head,I know your brother Richard.
citizen1 June 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM
middle of the road, thanks for keeping your sense of humor while keeping the plant running and keeping me and my family safe.
citizen1 June 23, 2012 at 12:06 PM
tom, fukushima had an EARTHQUAKE and a TSUNAMI, you see how that might have been the problem right?
citizen1 June 23, 2012 at 12:17 PM
tom, your a hypocrite!!! a customer of entergy? contributing to the nuke waste that your so concerned about. and i see no attacks against you, you are the one casting aspersions on everyones character. why is it ok for the strikers to want to take care of their families but the management people are wrong for wanting to take care of theirs (and yours too since those poor strikers need more benefits, higher raises). and middle of the road does not need to shut up, he is giving you the view from the other side of the line and because he raises good points you dont want to listen. and honestly if you ask 10 people walking down the street in plymouth what they think about entergy they dont even know what it is! that's right tom, give it a try, it was a school project last year and 7 out of 10 had no clue there was even a power plant here. it's great that they have this forum for you to spout your antiquated opinions.
Tom McCoy June 23, 2012 at 02:14 PM
C1%, as MOR call out my contribution to your nuclear garbage dump, I can tell you it was done without my knowledge. I never suggested that anyone not report for work. If you make that choice you must take the crap that comes with it. If you're angy because your friends and coworkers call you bad names .Suck it up. The union has its voices against your billion dollar conglomerate. Entergy won't even tell us the truth about the danger that a plant and storage areas pose so close to the open Atlantic ocean. MOR says they've been able to buy a down and low profile so effective that even the average person on the street doesn't know what they are living with. That's not American or Transparent. Oh, and the experts are predicting a major earth quake in New England at anytime. How much above sea level is the plant? or is that secret too. I'd say a 40' deludge ought to put us all in the crap. MOR,Yeah,I'm glad you can keep a sense of humor through this lets see how jovial you are swimming with the rods..You're a real card.The problem isn't nuclear power....The problem is a 40 year old machine doing it. The workers are just making an OK living following a script authored by a mega-tyrant, Entergy. C99%
Tom McCoy June 23, 2012 at 02:23 PM
C1%,You're calling me a hypocrate.Thanks for the laugh.C99%
Tom McCoy June 23, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Middle of the Road, Get off the road. You're blocking traffic in both directions. If you can't use your real name you lose any creditability with me. Oh and I still belong to CWA and FLEOA and damn proud of it.
The Real McCoy June 23, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Tom, you and/or your comments are ignorant and irrelevant.
MiddleOfTheRoad June 23, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I have to try to keep my sense of humor or I would be as knotted up as most people on this post. I know this is an emotional time for many, myself included, but taking it out on each other is not the way to go and I know that I have said a few things that I should have kept to myself. But the bottom line is, I have a responsibility to the community, my family, my crew on the Picket Line and yes, even to Entergy to do my very best to keep Pilgrim running as safely and efficiently as possible. I'm not very happy with the way things have gone so far, but none of that is in my control and I have to accept that. I can however, do my part in keeping Pilgrim running so my crew has a job to come back to. The alternative is unacceptable for all of us.
MiddleOfTheRoad June 23, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Leave my family out of this.
MiddleOfTheRoad June 23, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I never asked for your endorsement in the first place. I find it humorous that you refer to yourself as part of the 99%. Last time I watched the news, the people who called themselves the 99% were a bunch of loser occupiers that decided to rack up student loans getting degrees in 14th century French Poetry and then whined when they couldn't get a job. Go figure.
Tom McCoy June 23, 2012 at 08:39 PM
MOR, I thought I knew your brother, but I guess it is you I know, Richard Head, We're gonna show you 99% at the next election. If you're not in the 99% you must be in the 1%. How's that $250K+ per year working for you? I thought I heard a rational Entergy manager emerge on your last blog, but you could'nt keep the con up for more the two minutes.Those Kid losers you saw on Fox NEWS.? You were looking at your own kids and there's will have it even worse if you can't change your beat down attitude toward the little guy (unions). Billions against people in the street? Not fair. I predict that America will be fair again,but not the Entergy/Corporate/Gop or your way,Have a nice day.Oh, the real mccoy.You comment mocks itself. I got your attention didn't I ,Dope? Respectfully Yours C99%

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