Union workers reject labor contract at Pilgrim nuclear plant

Entergy (NYSE: ETR) said late June 20 that members of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 have once again rejected the company contract offer at the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Massachusetts.

“The Company remains squarely focused on the safe operation of Pilgrim Station, which has been our focus throughout this contract negotiation process,” the company said in a statement. Approximately two-thirds of the regular workforce at Pilgrim Station remains on the job, “and the Company’s alternate staffing/contingency plan remains in effect,” Entergy said.

Entergy is apparently running the plant largely with salaried workers.

“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,” Entergy said.

This is the second time in less than a month that UWUA Local 369 members have rejected a new multi-year contract at Pilgrim. This latest one carried the backing of the union negotiating team. At deadline, there was no word yet from the union on what the final vote tally was.

“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,” Entergy said.

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