An agreement to keep on talking –that’s what’s happening at the Plymouth Pilgrim Nuclear power plant.
After more than a month of negotiations, the contract between the Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 and Entergy, UWUA expired at midnight on May 15th. UWUA Local 369 makes up nearly 90 percent of the plant’s total workforce, and at stake were several key health care, safety and staffing issues.
According to Entergy spokesperson Carol Wightman, as of Thursday morning they’ve agreed to extend the contract through midnight on May 25th and all employees reported to work Thursday morning.
And Wightman says that while many union employees were sent home early on Wednesday, with pay, no workers were locked out as the union had claimed.
Entergy is entering the final stages of a six-year review process to renew the license at Pilgrim Nuclear – which is set to expire on June 8, 2012. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has recommended that commissioners issue a license renewal, which would allow the plant to operate through 2032.
*Due to a reporting error, WATD originally reported that workers had been locked out of the facility. They have, in fact, returned to work*