Union authorizes strike at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station over health-care, safety, and staffing issues

A vote last week by the Utility Workers Union of American Local 369, yielded ”99 percent” in favor on an authorized strike at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station over health-care, safety, and staffing issues.  Nearly all of these employees serve in high level roles responsible for the day-to-day maintenance and operations of the 40-year-old plant, and many have been working at the facility for decades.

UWUA’s current contract with plant ownership, Louisiana-based Entergy Corp., expires at midnight on May 15. After a month of negotiations, Entergy and UWUA have agreed on just one of more than 40 pending articles in the contract, the union said.

In a press statement, UWUA Executive Vice President Dan Leary said “It went very well. Almost everyone was onboard, which is rare.”

Adding, “At a time when Entergy’s top executive made more than a hundred million dollars over the past several years, it’s unconscionable that the company continues to insist on massive health-care cuts and changes to retirement that hurt workers and their families.”

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