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Union Protests Entergy Lockout at State House

Union members and politicians are rallying today on the State House steps, urging Entergy to offer better health care options and ensure safe working conditions at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

Union members and politicians are rallying today on the State House steps, urging Entergy to offer better health care options and ensure safe working conditions at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

According to a UWUA Local 369 spokesman, the scheduling of today's rally is ironic because of today's Supreme Court decision to uphold the . Krista Robinson of O'Neill and Associates, the publicity firm representing the union said:

It’s ironic that on a historical day when the Supreme Court has ruled to uphold healthcare, this Louisiana based company is set to rip healthcare benefits away from workers. Entergy has set a Saturday midnight deadline for UWUA Local 369 healthcare benefits to expire. This will dramatically impact workers, like Kenny Johnson who will be speaking today about how he and his fmaily had rush to get an organ transplant done before the Saturday deadline not knowing if he will be able ot afford follow-up visits and care. There is a direct tie in to what is happening at the local level with corporations using healthcare as a bargaining chip against its workers.

Union officials have been tweeting updates from the rally. Senate President Therese Murray, state Treasurer Steve Grossman, state representatives Tom Calter, D-Kingston; Marty Walsh, D-Dorchester; Mark Cusack, D-Braintree; Nick Collins, D-Boston; and state Senator Dan Wolf, D-Harwich, joined UWUA members and labor leaders today.

citizen1 July 05, 2012 at 11:06 AM
this happens everyday to the average american family.
citizen1 July 05, 2012 at 11:13 AM
and how do you plan on getting that overtime? the plant is running without you guys now and no one is working overtime, why would there be overtime when you get back? do you work slower than the guys that were hired to do the job you walked away from? I'm sorry for anyone who loses their house or who's kids cant get to school but really, look around the country and you will see that happening everywhere and not because of a pissing match with their employer.
citizen1 July 05, 2012 at 11:14 AM
thats what i heard too ernie. and take the vote again on sunday?
Plimothian July 05, 2012 at 01:50 PM
One detail that is missing about Entergy "shutting down" benefits is that the money paid into the benefits by Entergy and the employees ran out June 30th. They are not "taking benefits away". As locked out empoyees, COBRA is available to every locked out employee. No one will in UWUA 369 will be deprieved health insurance unless they CHOOSE TO NOT take the COBRA benefit. Maybe they will better appreciate the true cost of what their high end Blue Cross Plan really costs to provide to them.
Nuclear consultant August 01, 2012 at 07:37 PM
What's up 369? I just got back from vacation in Australia and I wanted to thank you guys for paying for my trip. There was no way I could have done it without you guys! What's the plan for 2016? Do I need to make my plans now to go to France ?

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