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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.

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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