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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."  

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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