Entergy to Lay off Workers at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant in Plymouth
Utility workers raise safety concern over Entergy’s proposed staffing cuts at one of the country’s oldest nuclear power plants
BRAINTREE (November 7, 2103) – The Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 raised new safety concerns today after receiving notification from Louisiana-based Entergy Corp. that the company plans to lay off several workers at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant.
The company, which earns nearly $1 million per day from the Plymouth, Mass. plant, plans to slash as many as 8 administrators, technicians and technical specialists – many of whom have worked at the 40-year-old plant for decades. The administrators are responsible for writing many of the procedures that govern daily protocols and operations at Pilgrim. Procedure writing is timely, critical work, particularly at a nuclear facility as old as Pilgrim – work that will have to be shifted onto other employees following the cuts.
“These layoffs are concerning and it’s unclear why Entergy feels it needs to cut staff at this time,” said UWUA Local 369 President Daniel Hurley. “It is ironic that the day after Entergy Pilgrim Nuclear Power plant is placed on a dubious list of 15 underperforming nuclear sites in the country, the company has chosen profits over safety. Our first priority is the safety of our members and our communities, and no one knows how to operate this plant better than the men and women who have been working here for decades.”
Entergy and the UWUA engaged in contentious negotiations last year surrounding a contract for nearly 250 members of Local 369. Union workers were locked out of the nuclear power plant for over a month in 2012 and had their healthcare coverage revoked before an agreement was finally reached in early July.
“Entergy has indicated that it wants the same number of employees working at each of its nuclear facilities, but that is a flawed approach,” Hurley said. “Pilgrim is one of the oldest nuclear power plants in the nation and it requires a unique and specific workforce. Staffing cuts such as those Entergy is proposing can have a real impact on the operation of Pilgrim. This is a classic case of doing more with less and this is not how to run a nuclear power plant.” Furthermore, Entergy has target mostly woman in these positions.
UWUA officials have called upon Entergy for additional information regarding the layoffs, which are expected as early as December 13th,. To date, company officials have ignored requests for more information on the model used to justify the elimination of these positions.
“It’s outrageous that Entergy officials refuse to provide additional information requested by our members,” added Hurley. “It’s in everybody’s best interest to have the best possible workers staffing this plant, and we want to keep our workers on the job doing the work they are trained to do.”
Entergy operates or manages ten nuclear power plants around the nation, including those in Michigan, Vermont, Arkansas and Mississippi.
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Local 369 Information
UTILITY WORKERS UNION OF AMERICA, AFL-CIO
Regular Membership Meeting
DATE: DEC 15, 2013
TIME: 10:00 A. M.
Local 369 Union Hall
120 Bay State Drive
- REGULAR ORDER OF BUSINESS
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- SWEARING IN OF NEW MEMBERS
DANIEL F. HURLEY, President
CRAIG A. PINKHAM, Secretary-Treasurer
Coffee & Donuts: 9:45 A.M.