UPDATE: Union Rejects Pilgrim Contract 137 to 89

Members of UWUA Local 369 rejected Entergy's proposed contract 137-89 today, citing pay and healthcare cuts.

Barely 18 hours after announcing an agreement to negotiate with Entergy, UWUA Local 369 membership rejected the proposed contract. Of the 226 votes, 137 voted against the contract.

Union president Dan Hurley said membership "will not accept cuts to their pay or health care from a company making record profits and paying executives in the tens of millions. We urge Entergy to return to the bargaining table so that we can realistically address the very real concerns of our members.

"The community has also spoken loud and clear: our union brothers and sisters, political leaders and all who value the safe operation of this plant have called on Entergy to end this lockout so that our workers can return to their important jobs of keeping our communities safe while we continue negotiations. It's time that Entergy put safety before profits."

Here's the press release from Pilgrim spokesman Carol Wightman:

UWUA Local 369 Pilgrim Station Workers Reject New Contract   The Company remains squarely focused on the safe operation of Pilgrim Station, which has been our focus throughout this contract negotiation process. Approximately two-thirds of the regular work force at Pilgrim Station remain on the job, and the Company’s alternate staffing/contingency plan remains in effect. The alternate staffing is consistent with maintaining the necessary safety focus at the plant.   We continue to believe the proposed contract rejected today by the Local 369 Union membership represents an exceptional wage and benefits package and reflects the realities of today’s economy in an increasingly competitive electric power business. There is no question the UWUA members are highly skilled in their respective fields – but there is also no question the Pilgrim Station work force is highly compensated. It is unclear at this time, what the next steps will be, but we continue to believe that the federal mediation process is the success path to a contract that will enable our employees to come back to work.  

Union members were not picketing outside the plant today.

UPDATE: Union membes, albeit fewer because of the heat, are still picketing outside Pilgrim.

Michael R. Landers July 14, 2012 at 03:27 AM
To the Nuclear Consultant Coward, Afraid to say who you are!! You are no better than people who call in to "Speak Out " in the O.C.M.. You don't have the gonads to tell people who you are. It's really scary to think that someone with your obvious lack of command of the English language, purporting to have a position which would require a college degree at Pilgrim, could talk with such obvious insensitivity and elementary language. Pathetic. I, at least am not afraid to speak my mind and say who I am. The workers stood up for what they believed in and you spouted nonsense. Let's hope that upper management will realize that you are a loser and send you packing. They at least, had the class and respect of workers to leave their argument at the negotiations table.
Michael R. Landers July 14, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Oh Please, Nuclear Consultant(or is it Nuclear infected Idiot?) You are devoid of Character. Obviously a low-born, under-achieving, insecure, low self esteem, poser. Please close your mouth and be humble. Your idiotic rant did not deter hard working people from standing up for what they believed in. It only proved that Nuclear Consultants are suffering from serious deficiencies. I hope that for the integrity of the plant, you are routed out as an embarrassment. Your fellow workers already know that they and the plant won and will move forward. You, however are the loser!!
Freedom July 17, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Michael, couldn't have said it any better! Maybe now he will go away.
Ernie Douglas July 17, 2012 at 11:46 PM
This is getting out of hand. No need to threaten or insult anyone, no need to claim that the union was broken or that the company is evil for trying to control costs. Local 369 was entirely within their legal rights, and so was the company. I think the issue was fought hard but fairly. Both sides played hardball and now have an agreement. The vast majority of the personal articles removed were collected so the owners could take them home. A few weren't.. I wish the company did a better job with that. I understand offers of restitution have been extended for others.
Casey Meserve July 18, 2012 at 02:01 AM
OK, I'm closing the comments on this, it's getting ridiculous. If I see anyone calling anyone names, I'm looking at certain people, I will block you and shut down the comments.


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