New labor agreement ends strike at Constellation's Nine Mile Point nuclear plant in NY

Source: Constellation Energy

Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, LLCSM (CENG) announced the end of the strike at Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station in Scriba, NY. The work stoppage ended once IBEW Local 97 ratified the Tentative Agreement reached on July 22 between the union and CENG with a vote of 395-64, or 86% approval. 

"We are pleased to welcome our represented employees back to the station and look forward to working together as a team to continue operating the facility at high levels of safety, quality and efficiency," said Sam Belcher, Vice President, Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station. "The needs of both sides were met in the agreement ratified by the employees of the station." 

The term of the new labor agreement is July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2015. While keeping the total economics in line with the Company's business plan and the last offer, CENG rearranged the terms in a way that met the concerns and interests of both parties. 

A schedule for re-integration of employees will bring employees back in groups of 60-100, beginning Wednesday, July 27. 

"Our reintegration plan will ensure returning employees meet with their supervision to discuss plant status, standards and expectations, and our commitment to moving forward. Returning personnel will have adequate turnover with those management employees who have been safely operating the facility to ensure a safe transition of responsibilities," said Belcher. 

"The Nine Mile Point management employee team, with support from the CENG Fleet, operated the facility very well during the work stoppage with excellence in safety, reliability and efficiency. CENG is extremely proud of the professionalism and focus on safety displayed by these employees," added Belcher. 

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) provided additional oversight during the first two weeks of the work stoppage. During this time, the inspectors did not identify any issues related to the safe implementation of the contingency plan. 

"At CENG, we are accountable for working safely, delivering results, staying engaged, and operating our fleet at the highest levels of reliability and efficiency," concluded Belcher. "We remain committed to the communities in which we operate as we have a vital role in the area economies; we will continue investing in our people and local organizations."

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