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Sunday, May 19th, 2013
Entergy contract offer rejected by union
Workers remain locked-out
Members of Utility Workers Union of America Local 369, who work at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station have rejected the latest contract offer from plant owner Entergy Corp.
The vote was 137 against and 89 in favor. Local 369 members have been locked out of the power plant since June 5 when their last contract expired.
The two sides remain divided on the issue of health care, with union members fearing an increase in premiums that could mean a reduction in pay. Union President Dan Hurley said his members "will not accept cuts to their pay or health care from a company making record profits and paying executives in the tens of millions."
Entergy spokesman Carol Wightman, in statement, said that union members were "highly skilled," but also "highly compensated." According to the company, the average pay for the locked-out workers is $122,000 a year. Wightman said the contract offered exceptional wages and benefits, even in light of an energy business that has become "increasingly competitive.">
While no talks are currently scheduled, both sides expressed willingness to continue negotiations. While Hurley urged Entergy to return to the bargaining table, Wightman asked that federal mediation continue.
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