Contract negotiations for union workers at nuclear power plant unsuccessful

Entergy (NYSE: ETR) on Oct. 1 said negotiations between the utility and the leadership of United Government Security Officers of America Local 36 regarding a new union contract were unsuccessful. United Government Security Officers of America Local 36 represent security officers at the single-unit, 1,071 MW Grand Gulf nuclear power plant in Port Gibson, Miss.

The current contract with plant security officers expired at midnight on Sept. 30. As a result, Entergy Nuclear has implemented a contingency staffing plan at the Grand Gulf station to ensure a professional security force remained in place after the expiration of the current contract.

“Since those employees would have been working without a contract, they would reserve the right to leave their posts and strike at any time – a situation that is unacceptable at an Entergy Nuclear plant,” said Mike Balduzzi, Entergy Nuclear’s senior vice president of nuclear technical services.

Entergy said individuals from Grand Gulf, from other plants within the Entergy nuclear fleet and professional security firms that provide services to the nuclear industry will be filling the necessary positions. Entergy also said the contingency plan for alternate staffing is consistent with Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulations.

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