Plymouth: Striking Pilgrim workers file federal complaint

There’s a new twist, as locked out Pilgrim Nuclear workers continue to walk the picket line.

The Utility Workers Union of America Local 369, which represents about 90 percent of workers at the Plymouth plant, has filed a complaint with National Labor Relations Board against the facility’s owner, Entergy Corp.

The accusations included illegal videotaping of picketing workers by plant security personnel, and claims that Entergy management made “coercive, threatening statements” to workers prior to last week’s contract vote.

The union also claims that Entergy ignored various requests for information, and that the company has unilaterally altered shift rotations and health and retirement benefits.

Company spokesman Jim Steets told WATD on Sunday that the allegations were “totally unfamiliar”, and that no comment would be made until Entergy officials learned more.

Negotiations broke down last Tuesday and the Pilgrim workers have been picketing since being locked out the following day.

Steets said Entergy is “anxious” for the striking workers to return to the bargaining table, but added, it’s up to a federal mediator to decide when to recommend that the two sides resume talks.

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.