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Union Files Unfair Labor Practices Complaint Against Entergy

The five-day lockout of union workers at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station grows contentious as the UWUA Local 369 files a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. Entergy says union "looking to circumvent" mediation.

The lockout at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station that began last Wednesday continued through the weekend, as union leaders claim that Entergy security forces have been video-and audio-taping picketing workers outside the plant, and that Entergy management made "coercive, threatening statements prior to the union's contract vote last week.

Saturday, UWUA Local 369 filed five charges with the National Labor Relations Board against Entergy:

  • That Entergy security forces are video and audio taping picketing workers without consent. Massachusetts law requires all parties to consent to audio taping.
  • That Entergy management personnel made a series of “coercive, threatening statements” to workers prior to last week’s contract vote.
  • Entergy has failed to provided necessary and relevant information in response to various information requests
  • Entergy has unilaterally changed the shift rotations of UWUA Local 369 workers without first providing notice and the opportunity to bargain in good faith
  • Entergy has unilaterally changed the retirement and health insurance benefits of workers

"Entergy’s complete and utter disregard for the safety and wellbeing of Massachusetts workers and communities has been well documented, and this NLRB complaint exemplifies how the company chooses to do business," UWUA Local president Dan Hurley said in a press release announcing the complaint.  "Rather than head back to the bargaining table and negotiate in good faith, Entergy makes coercive statements and attempts to intimidate the workers who safely run Pilgrim Nuclear. It’s disgusting that Entergy CEO Wayne Leonard and Chief Nuclear Officer John Herron have made hundreds of millions of dollars over the past several years and yet company executives lock out workers who not only have young children and bills to pay, but who keep our communities safe."

The lockout began Wednesday morning, when union workers were escorted off the job as midnight passed and no contract was agreed upon between the two sides. Union negotiators and Entergy had been working with a federal mediator for the past several weeks to hammer out a deal, but the sides were stuck on the key issues of health care, safety and staffing. Approximately 250 workers are off the job. They are being replaced with workers from a subcontracted company and management personnel.

In response to the union's complaint filed, Entergy spokesman Carol Wightman sent a statement saying that the company's focus "today and every day remains on continuing to safely operate the plant, which we are doing.
"We remain ready to resume discussions with Union leadership under the guidance of the mediator. When the Federal Mediator calls the parties to the table, Entergy is there. It is disappointing that union leadership is seemingly looking to circumvent this established mediation process. The company believes the federal mediation process is the success path to a contract that will enable employees to come back to work, which has been our goal throughout this process."

Entergy claims that the average union employee earned more than $122,000 last year, while the proposed contract included 2 percent raises each year for the next four years, and a "premium health plan."

"There is only one reason why we aren’t at the bargaining table right now and that is Entergy," Hurley said. "Our workers remain ready and willing to continue their vitally important work of safely running Pilgrim Nuclear. The greed of Entergy executives should not come at the expense of the safety of Massachusetts communities. It’s time for Entergy to return to the bargaining table and let these hardworking men and women do their jobs."

"We’re grateful for the tremendous support we’ve received over the past few days from our elected officials, local communities, business and community leaders, other labor unions and the general public," Hurley added. "We remain committed to keeping our communities safe and hope that Entergy will return to the bargaining table."  

malcolm nichols June 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM
All workers deserve a Safe work environment; however, they do not deserve a raise.
Meg Sheehan June 11, 2012 at 12:38 PM
What about the fact that Entergy is running a waterfront motel at Pilgrim? Have you seen the pictures posted on Twitter over the weekend showing cots and mattresses inside Pilgrim where the replacement workers are living? Here's one tweet: Check it out - another photo of ‪#Entergy‬housing replacement workers onsite@PilgrimNuclear pic.twitter.com/GKqqcerq The public has a right to know whether the new NRC operating license allows Entergy to use Pilgrim as a motel. The NRC should explain what "Safety Procedures"say workers can sleep on the job site.
citizen1 June 11, 2012 at 01:00 PM
that's right, they must have forgotten that it's the union that's supposed coerce and intimidate. and let's be honest mr. hurley, if you would have guaranteed that you would not suddenly walk off the plant and strike, if you would not have tried to intimidate, you would still be at the table. entergy is thinking about the safety of the people by making sure they have enough workers that will not leave their job, abandon their posts with no warning, leaving the plant unattended which is exactly what you threatened to do. i wish everyone would listen to both sides, all you have now is the union whining about the injustice of making over $100,000 a year and having to pay some of their own health insurance, boohoo and shame on you.
Jeffrey Kemp June 11, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Anyone ever notice that all strikes are about safety issues? I dare say that with the recent NRC licence renewal it has been deemed safe. So we know this is not about more more and more benefits when the economy is already in bad shape. It is funny that Union actually stand for " every man for himself!"
harry June 11, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I would love to be making over $120,000 and pay nothing for benefits. But I must be one of those foolish self-employed trying raise my family by my own wits and grit. Down with unions they are destroying the country.
Mike June 11, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Hey Harry get your facts straight, dont listen to republican run news papers. Also Harry dont bring down the educated because you chose the path of self employment. You do have a choice in life and you made yours. No one said your foolish you made a choice and your making it work. Good for you! I dont know where this notion of FREE benefits came from LOL? Its really a joke that you honestly feel these guys are getting FREE benefits?
Tom McCoy June 12, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Harry, Get off your, "chair", go to school,serve your internships,qualify for your tickets,get a few year of unblemished experience. Then go compete for the job at a Nuclear energy company and you might make that kind of money and benifits too. But, I can guarentee, you won't come close to that kind of fair market compensation at a NON UNION SHOP. And you'll have to lose the envy for other peoples success from their hard work before you set out on your quest..
Nukeworker June 13, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Entergy started videotaping after there were complaints that some Pilgrim workers, who are required by contract to cross the picket line, had their cars blocked and were threatened and coerced by some picketers not to enter the plant. There were instances of picketers pounding on vehicles, threatening, blocking their entry (which is illegal) and then claiming there were run over/hit by a car. I witnessed one of these instances personally, which happened right in front of a cop. There have also been cases of picketers following and harassing the shuttle bus and employees leaving the shuttle bus lot by cutting in front of them and then slowing down to 5 mph. The security hired by Entergy is only videotaping vehicles leaving the property for the protection of those employees that need to be on site for the SAFETY OF THE PLANT. Unfortunately a few bad apples do spoil the bunch. If they were not videotaping, a few union thugs would think it is OK to resort to the UAW tactics of the 70’s.
Meg Sheehan June 13, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Nukeworker, Thanks for the info. All the more reason to believe that Entergy & J.Wayne Leonard have created a situation that is dangerous for everyone. There is simply no excuse for Entergy creating this divisive situation that puts every person in the state and beyond at risk. This is arrogance and hubris at its worst.
Entergy Executive June 13, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I make so much money I don't even care about the citiizens of Plymouth. Anyway, we don't even give any energy to Plymouth, we just use their land and send it to other counties and states. Did I mention I make so much money I don't even care?
joe legion June 13, 2012 at 07:13 AM
You are the least informed post that I have read since this all began. You need facts before you leave a post like this. ENTERGY LOCKED OUT THE WORKERS. THIS MEANS ENTERGY ESCORTED THE WORKERS OFF COMPANY PROPERTY AND DID NOT ALLOW THEM OR ANY OF THE UNION WORKERS TO RETURN. Perhaps you need to find the definition of lock out, strike etc. etc.
joe legion June 13, 2012 at 07:18 AM
Another post that needs to get the facts before submitting your opinion. The union workers that make over 120,000 dollars are in the minority and the ones that do put in so much overtime that they do not have a family life. Union workers pay $6,100.00 per year now for medical and with the new contract it was going to rise to $13,500.00 per year.
joe legion June 13, 2012 at 07:25 AM
Nukeworker.......you must have been sleeping when security videotapes vehicles entering the plant as well. You may be a nuclear worker but are still a coward under the scabs.
joe legion June 13, 2012 at 07:27 AM
Meg you hit the nail on the head. I love you.
joe legion June 13, 2012 at 07:30 AM
I am Wayne Leonard Entergy's CEO. I hit a major lottery every year to the tune of almost 20 million dollars. What is a Pilgrim.........never heard of it...........you mine as well say I live on another planet. I make too much money to have to care about workers. Whats a worker anyway???????
Nukeworker June 13, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Meg, Your welcome for the information. It’s clear from your posts though that you’re only concerned with spinning news to suit your agenda and not worried about anything factual. John, “…when security videotapes vehicles entering the plant as well”. What is your point? Sorry John boy, If someone damages my personal vehicle when I am driving to work, to do my job, I want to find out who they are and have them held accountable. Nothing cowardly about that, but I suppose it much easier to do that kind of stuff when you can blend in with the crowd and not worry about any recourse. I highly doubt Entergy management is studying the videotapes, thinking about how to retaliate against those exercising their right to lawfully picket. Oh, and good job on the name-calling..it was right on time.
Meg Sheehan June 14, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Nukeworker, The facts speak for themselves-whether you think I am spinning them or not is irrelevant. Entergy's PR machine does some great spins-but I guess that must be OK.
H.Simpson June 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Carol Wightman is distorting the truth about wages and the premium health plan. I have worked there nearly 20 years and have never made close to $122,000 in a year. If the average worker made that ,the toals used must include management salaries to get that average. And the premium health care plan is not quite as good as we have had. It includes more co-pays and deductables, the cost for the best plan will cost over $ 1000 a month. All other plans offered at lower cost will result in hundereds to thousands a year out of pocket for employees. And the raise does not cover the out of pocket expenses.
susan Smith June 17, 2012 at 01:24 AM
entergy cannot even perform a safety drill, how can they review s afety procedures? this is a shame that Entergy MISSISSIPPI can rule the roost and run our lives and risk our lives all the way down there. It must suck to be mgt because you have no choice for sure accept quit when it comes to entergy screwing with your life.
average joe June 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Meg and Company, You are only guessing and speculating. You have no first hand knowledge of what you speak of. This forum unfortuneately allows opinion and fact to become distorted and blurred. You know what they say, opinions are like #$$@%!$, everyones got one.
bleckney7 369 July 21, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Nuclear consultant ,3 year old , get your job applications ready for Sears.Entergy is going to lay you off from Pilgrim Station.

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