Plymouth: Pilgrim workers set strike deadline

It’s looming license renewal has already been stirring up controversy.

But bigger trouble is brewing at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, now that workers have voted to authorize a strike.

Members of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 have set a May 15 strike dead-line.

The last contract talks, four years ago, went down to the wire.

The union, which makes up 90 percent of Pilgrim’s workforce, says employees and plant owner Entergy Corp., remain far apart on key healthcare, safety and staffing issues.

Nearly all of the 380 workers serve high-level roles at the Plymouth facility.

The strike authorization coincides with the final stages of a review process to renew Pilgrim’s license, which is set to expire June 8.

Federal regulators are recommending the 20-year license renewal.

However, Massachusetts congressmen Edward Markey and William Keating have written a letter urging a delay in the final decision until all lawsuits regarding safety are resolved.

The lawmakers say failing to do that would send the wrong message to area residents.

About Garo Hagopian

Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.