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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.

MiddleOfTheRoad June 28, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Now everyone is covered under Obamacare. Now everyone will have "free" healthcare. Let's see all these concerned politicians when we all start protesting the tax increases to fund the socialist dream.
Ouie Boscoe June 28, 2012 at 09:53 PM
If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it is free!!!!
Ernie Douglas June 29, 2012 at 10:04 AM
The union wanted a lockout and pretends to be outraged. They adamantly insisted in the right to walk off the job at any time, for any reason. No nuclear company in the world would agree to this. The UNION leadership voted unanimously to recommend the contract they negotiated to the membership. 89 members voted for it and it would undoubtedly pass today. The plant is operating very well. The union thought they were indispensable but facts have proven otherwise. Their attempted bullying has failed and all of the pressure is on them now.
Ouie Boscoe June 29, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Ernie At the Union meeting the Union told the members it was a bad contract and not to vote for it. This is a twisted chess game that is hurting many good people because the union wants headlines. But the problem is whom ever is running the show in the union is incompetent they think they could bring Entergy to its knees with lies and members who believe anything they are told by the union.
One of 89 June 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM
That is so true Ouie!!! The union workers were told that it was a bad contract and got everyone upset, and now I sit here day after day with no job. Now that Obamacare has passed, people that do not want to work will have healthcare but the hard union workers are without!
S H June 29, 2012 at 01:08 PM
While I don't deny that the union workers were told to vote down the latest contract, why did the 'leaders' UW Local 369 'unanimously approve' that contract? I think for all employees involved it would be better to actually break the union and go back to work as Entergy employees. I hope that the union workers understand how bad they are getting screwed by their union...much worse than what Entergy is doing! The union is there for helping, and they have done the complete opposite!
Ouie Boscoe June 29, 2012 at 01:27 PM
It is a chess game SH. If the Union went back and told the members to accept and the did it would be over and Dan Hurley would be out of the headlines. Keeping this alive allows the Union and politicians to be in the headlines and demonize the Evil Entergy beast and the evil Nuclear Power Plant.
MiddleOfTheRoad June 29, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Keeping this alive is actually hurting Dan Hurley more than anyone. As the conversations get more in depth, you start to find out what is really going on. And naturally, Dave L. is leading the charge against Dan. To me, this makes Entergy look less like the culprit here. Besides the show the union is putting on for the public, it gives the community an opportunity to look at the solid plan that the union rejected. There isn't a lot of sympathy out there for the union right now. Also with people like Susan Smith on here screaming for more, more, more and free, free, free; the union's reputation for being a greedy and corrupt organization is being solidified. If I were in this local I would have to tell her to shut her mouth. All the rational and thoughtful people are not on board with her EBT/welfare morality.
MiddleOfTheRoad June 29, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Susan, if you cared so much about the plight of the American Worker, why don't we see you out in front of Wal-Mart fighting for the rights of the "truely oppressed"? I'll tell you why. Because like most people, you only care about yourself, and when you're hubby is back to work, we'll never hear from you again and History will never remember the name of Susan Smith, because you're a selfish phony. Here's my challenge to you. Since you're such a staunch advocate against Corporate Greed, make two Anti-Walmart signs and begin a protest out in front of the Colony Place location. When I see that you care that much about the American Worker, I will join in by picking up the other sign and together we will begin a fight against the World's largest and greediest corporation.
Ernie Douglas June 29, 2012 at 02:35 PM
And now former UWUA leader David Leonardi has written a scathing letter exposing Hurley's deception and specifically blaming him for the lockout. The membership is caught in the middle and will never recoup the wages lost over the last 23 days. They will lose much, much more in the coming days/weeks/months. They were offered a fair contract.
Mike July 01, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Time to go back to work. We have presently lost our Health, Dental, and Vision benefits along with one months pay. A few union members are in jeopardy of losing their houses. Many members are explaining to their children that they are unable to attend college this fall. Imagine completing high school and going thru the process to attend college and not being able to attend. We need to get back to work before the entire union membership is beyond financial recovery. Think of all the union members and lets all get back to work.
Ernie Douglas July 01, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Mike, I'm afraid it's going to be awhile. Hurley miscalculated badly and has no plan other than "to direct members to walk in circles", as former UWUA 369 President Leonardi puts it. The mediator says resuming negotiations is pointless. The company can't/won't budge at this point so I think you guys are in for several more weeks locked out. Hope your family weathers it okay.
joe legion July 01, 2012 at 06:10 AM
The one thing I've learned over my years in nuclear is this, sometimes you have to be patient and not comment hastily on something that happens. Give it time and get all the facts first. The time has come for me to comment. Sure UWUA369 has appeared weak and not organized, but it shows this: WE ARE HUMAN. Sure there has been some in fighting, but its like a marriage it gets stronger. Dealing with CORPORATE GREED -ENTERGY has tempered MY union. I AM PROUD OF EVERY UNION BROTHER AND SISTER AND I LOVE THEM AS SUCH. I will tell you this about the past 3 and a half weeks, I wouldn't do anything different. Its been the best 3 and a half weeks of my life.
Ivan Alias July 01, 2012 at 10:45 AM
I was a union member and we had other ways to show we were human. Community service, highway litter pickup, charity toy drives, softball tournaments, etc. We knew that unity was our life's blood and elected leaders who worked for US, not themselves. This union has damaged their credibility beyond belief. Eventually they will have to crawl to the table and talk with a very emboldened, determined company who may well scale back on their offer.
Jeremy July 01, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Joe do you have kids? I can't imagine anyone with kids not getting a paycheck for a month would qualify it as the best times of their lives.
Mike July 02, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I totally agree that local 369 did the right thing by standing up to corporate greed. Now is the time we need to be mature and admit Entergy is not going to budge a whole lot on the contract. The people inside the plant are running it even working thru major problems, emergency downpower to 33%...repair....and back to 100%. They have proven now a few times they can operate the plant thru difficult problems. Meanwhile a majority of our local union members are suffering very bad financially. Talk to them and they will tell you it is getting really bad. We need to get back to work and regain financial stability in our families. We can do this thru the much needed overtime that will be there to catch up. Make our own raise, 2% = 26 hours overtime. Our members need to get a pay check soon.
Jeremy July 02, 2012 at 02:21 AM
You need to voice this opinion to your fellow union members. Most that are here and elsewhere are still shouting that all of you are doing fine, are happy, and enjoying some much needed time off for the cause. I agree with you they tried to do the right thing but the message and approach was all wrong and they got schooled by Entergy in the PR game. The salary of the CEO means nothing when the public hears the union bargaining committee recommended a contract that the union membership voted down. Mike I wish you and your family the best, hope you are back to work soon.
Ernie Douglas July 03, 2012 at 09:01 AM
Word is that negotiations resume Friday. Hope UWUA sees reality this time.
citizen1 July 05, 2012 at 11:02 AM
my concern now is, when they do go back to work what kind of attitudes will they be bringing back? all these people were worried about their safety while union was walking the line, I worry more about them being back. Let the contractors that have been hired to do the jobs they walked away from keep on working. when entergy has a job that requires bidding, seal those bids so the union can't undercut the local companies and then go over budget. no corporation has the right to a monopoly yet that is exactly what the union has on the jobs at entergy.
citizen1 July 05, 2012 at 11:03 AM
good idea.
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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