Plymouth, Mass. – Entergy Nuclear has implemented a contingency staffing plan
at its Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.
After weeks of negotiations, the action was taken after parties were
unsuccessful in reaching an agreement for a new union contract between Entergy
and the Utility Workers Union of America Local 369.
Local 369 has stated flatly that while its members are not on strike, they
reserve the right to walk off the job at any time, without any notice, and leave
the nuclear power plant critically understaffed and in violation of the plant's
operating license. This disregard for public safety is unacceptable.
Accordingly, the company’s contingency plan is being implemented.
The contingency plan for temporary alternate staffing is consistent with
Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations and is in the interest of safety and
maintaining formal organizational controls on the plant site. Highly qualified
individuals from within Pilgrim’s management team as well as the Entergy nuclear
fleet will be filling the necessary positions.