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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.

Ernie Douglas July 08, 2012 at 05:50 PM
That didnt stop them before. These guys are confused and poorly led enough that I can see them coming up the wrong answer once again. I predict narrow ratification. 125-120.
Walter July 08, 2012 at 05:56 PM
It will pass. People are tired of listening to the BK's of the world.
Walter July 08, 2012 at 06:00 PM
It lost last time because of the meeting. Lots of disinformation and rah rah stuff. Won't work this time the offer hasn't improved and it's been 5 weeks. Time for paychecks to flow. If it does lose they won't be back to work this summer if ever.
Ernie Douglas July 08, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Offer was ratified 141-67. Guys will start processing in tomorrow. Everyone back in normal roles Wednesday morning.
Walter July 08, 2012 at 09:29 PM
$2600 for health insurance for one month didn't make the increased co pay seem that bad to 60 members that switched sides this time.
Freedom July 08, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Now all you company men can just shut up and stop your bitching and bashing and know everyone had a great vacation! Oh and Nuclear consultant you talk a big game of how the workers are lazy and so on that does not say much for you being there supervisor, you worthsless bag! Looks like you will have some explaining to do next week! You are one of the biggest CHUMP I have seen on here!
susan Smith July 08, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Do you ever give up? Just let these employees do what they do best NUCLEAR WORKERS who belong in the NUCLEAR POWER STATION! I wouldnt change a thing ever again looking forward to 2016 we will all be very ready!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Michael R. Landers July 08, 2012 at 10:44 PM
To the cowardly Nuclear Consultant. Remaining anonymous while bashing fellow workers is spineless and devoid of character. I would suggest that you sliver back to the hole that you came from. I sincerely hope that a reasonable resolution for the workers prevails and that karmic retribution will visit you when you most need help. Your lack of Caring for your fellow worker is so sad. Bravo to the workers who stuck to their convictions and P U to the devotees of the Koch Brothers and their Anti- American I, Me, Me. My way of thinking.
Nuclear consultant July 08, 2012 at 10:56 PM
These are not my fellow workers I would terminate a select few if I were their boss The union has lost don't try to spin it they lost a months pay and gained nada I'm a stock holder in the company and want to see the company prosper I'll stand by my statement that 369 acted like thugs at the line. Too bad for the management team that has to accept them back in the gate after all that's been yelled at them I'll be happy to meet you face to face and discuss
Michael R. Landers July 08, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Oh, much more to the point, You hold stock in the company, along with the scumbag Koch Brothers. I now understand your sentiment. You truly do only care about yourself. I hope that you can sleep with good conscience. Your care for your fellow MAN is undetectable. It's all about YOUR bottom line. Sorry to inconvenience you to care for the common worker. It's no wonder you've used this forum to instigate and intimidate. You only care about your investment. Let me say it again. You are devoid of character.
plymouth unity uwua July 08, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Nuclear consultant ,bashing the workers you supervise is the act of a coward.When the workers get back you will be told to your face your a POS,get lost now on Plymouths chatboards.Both the company and workers lost there was no winner.
susan Smith July 09, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Mike is available at your disposal!!! He is not a coward!
Joe Smith July 09, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Wow. People have asked you to identify yourself since you started writing here. Now all of a sudden you are ready to meet face to face? Go crawl back into your hole. I'm sure there will be plenty of people who would be happy to meet you face to face tomorrow and tuesday, you know where they will be. You say people acted like thugs? You are acting like a punk. You are not their boss, or their fellow worker and you are not even a stock holder. You are just a blow hard. Get a life, loser.
Walter July 09, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Come on Susan the picket line was more work than a few ever did at the plant. Their vacation will start Tuesday and Wednesday when they back inside. In 2016 maybe you can stick it to corporate by not getting paid for two months while taking the offered contract. That'll teach em!
Walter July 09, 2012 at 08:12 PM
The company broke the union. They won. The union took the offer or else they would be replaced and in four years they will take the offer. The other plant unions will take the offer too knowing the company will go the distance. Spin it how you like but the company won, didn't have to pay unemployment and they folded.
Freedom July 09, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Nuclear Consultant, when you decide, if ever, to come out of the closet, I hope those union people you chose to castrate, over the past month, treat you with the same amount of respect, or lack of, that you have shown to them. Oh that's right, you're just a stockholder. Now it's time to get the plant back to normal, welcome back 369! I hope they don't crowd you too much, NC!!
Freedom July 10, 2012 at 02:11 PM
How would you know you weren't there? Your just a bystander, what skills do you have?
Ron shorter July 10, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Well well well back to work and no pink slip!! Guess you were wrong again! Dont be bitter now
Ron shorter July 13, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Where are all you self absorbed bashes of local 369, have you all flown the coupe because there back to work, in your face so now you are cowering behind your desk. Just as everyone thought, all talk no action, I'm told no one at the gate for the big debate ! or " I'll be happy to meet face to face! ... All your big talk no action...........
Nuclear consultant July 13, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Some of us had to get back to our regular jobs You wouldn't want to meet me face to face The way I see it you union boys and girls hide behind unity, none of you could stand on your own anyway So tell me again how you guys won? I thought the contract you voted in was a step back 11 years. Lol not only that you lost a months pay! Classic Actually the company lost They had to take back some of you slackers that ain't worth a damn It's too bad for the original yes votes, too bad we couldn't give them back pay for the ordeal the rest of you put hem through
Ron shorter July 13, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Spoken like a true coward so all your big words ment nothing ! Typical so the words I'll be happy to meet face to face to face and discuss just more idle nonsense. Thats why no one takes you seriously!
Nuclear consultant July 13, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Lol Here's what no one takes seriously 369 lol You guys are a joke even to your own members We all know how insignificant you all are now after a month without you. Ha
Ron shorter July 13, 2012 at 04:44 PM
You know you should not be the Internet at work to blog not company policy. Moving lockers and tossing out people's personal effects wow you did a lot of great work! I can't speek for everyone but I enjoyed my time off, away from people like you narrow minded with a hate for everything even your own coworkers.
Freedom July 14, 2012 at 12:34 AM
NC Maybe it's better that you remain a ghost because your such a prick, if people actually knew your identity they'd be spitting in your face. You are the most narcissistic blogger I have ever seen on here. Get a friggin life or a friend, please!!
Freedom July 14, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Oh by the way I'm not union, wrong side taypie, Just wanted to see if you came out of the closet and you did! This is why there is poor working relationships because of people like you. don't think for a second your attude hasn't been noticed.
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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