Plymouth Nuclear Plant Labor Dispute Leads To Lockout

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — A labor dispute at the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth has boiled over, with management locking out unionized workers and both sides accusing the other of compromising public safety.

Dan Hurley, the president of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 369, which represents about 90 percent of the plant’s work force, says plant owner Entergy locked out unionized employees after contract negotiations ended late Tuesday.

“We told them that we wanted to keep negotiating and we showed up to work [Wednesday] morning and they wouldn’t let us in,” Hurley said.

Hurley calls the move “deeply alarming.” He says it’s “despicable” that management continues “shortchanging” employees a week after getting a 20-year license renewal. He says Louisiana-based Entergy is demanding “major concessions on health care, salary and staffing.”

Entergy says the plant has implemented an emergency staffing plan because the union reserved the right to walk off the job at any time.

With reporting from the Associated Press and the WBUR newsroom.

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  • Ouieboscoe

    They offered a pay raise and the lazy greedy union thugs refused because they want more.
    Hurley has no right to say anyone is greedy until he takes a look at himself and his lemmings

    • Worker

       The hit the union takes from an increase in health care costs way exceeds any raise.

    • therightone

      the average salary of those 240 workers locked out is not close to $100,ooo,
          health care costs were going to increase at least $10,000 out of pocket during the contract proposed and the pay raise offer was very small not close to fair.

  • GladToBeGone

    Yeah, when upper management at both the union and company agrees to be payed a reasonable salary of less than $250,000 then perhaps I’ll actually listen to the words coming out of their mouths…

  • X-Ray

    We know what disgruntled organized labor does when it doesn’t get it way.
    The refusal to admit them, given the member’s authorization to take immediate
    “labor action”, is fully justified.

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