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Lockout Extends to Third Week

20 days into the lockout, union workers are still picketing outside Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

Local 369 union workers have been locked out of the Pilgrim Power Plant in Plymouth for 20 days and with the latest contract proposal voted down, the number of protesters outside of Entergy’s gate has shrunk.

While part of the numbers may have to do with the heatwave the region has been through, it also has to do with coverage, according to Kelly O’Brien, a member of the union’s Negotiating Committee.

"We’re requiring seven days a week coverage. We know we need to give people a break to spend some time with their families, to get a chance to do what they have to do to take care of their business," O'Brien told WATD. "At of the end of this week, people will be losing their medical coverage so they have to do what they have to do with that," said O’Brien.

Of 226 union members, 137 voted against a contract last Wednesday. Only 39 percent of union workers voted in favor of accepting the contract.

O’Brien was stationed at the power plant’s gate on Rocky Hill Road Friday where only seventeen protesters walked the line, but he said the low turnout isn’t a reflection of the split vote.

According to O’Brien, the latest proposal by Entergy would increase a worker’s share of health care costs from 25 to 30 percent without an increase in wages to compensate the difference.

But he said they’re not giving up on a fair contract with Entergy, "We’re willing to stay at the table and work this thing out."

Entergy officials have stated that the company believes that federal mediation will end the lockout.

Information in this article obtained from 959WATD.com

Ouie Boscoe June 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM
And worse yet Barry Obama was in the area yesterday and didn't stop by to give his support. Didn't he say he would walk with his fellow union members.
Bill June 26, 2012 at 07:39 PM
1 million a day in revenues not profit you then have to take out all the O+M costs including salaries and all benefits. So a lot more then 145 mil stays right in MA.
Ernie Douglas July 04, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Talks resume Friday. Now that the company has proven they can run the plant safely for 4 weeks and the union has had a taste of reality, maybe there will be a swift vote and approval. Hope so.
citizen1 July 04, 2012 at 09:17 PM
you forgot ovetime. and entergy is not making a million dollars a day, get your facts straight.
Ernie Douglas July 08, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Offer was ratified 141-67. Guys will start processing in tomorrow. Everyone back in normal roles Wednesday morning.

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