The debate over a contract between Entergy Corporation and Local 369 utility workers continues. Thursday afternoon, union workers who’ve been locked out of the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant in Plymouth since midnight of June 6th stood on the steps of the Massachusetts State House, calling the actions of the plant’s owner, Entergy, greedy, ridiculous, and dangerous.
The union workers targeted health care as their contract concern and Union President Dan Hurley pointed out during the rally that the union workers, who’ve gone without pay since the lockout, will lose their health insurance any day now, “The very day the Supreme Court upholds health care, Entergy’s getting ready to take it away from our members.”
But Entergy spokesperson Jack Alexander, who’s a manager at the nuclear plant, said they’ve done their best to match employee needs in a competitive market, “Entergy’s a good place to work. We pay well, the average worker’s, who’s on strike, gross salary is $122,000 a year. They have a $3,400 bonus plan. They have a 70% match 401K and we have a premier health care program.”
Senate President Therese Murray, State Treasurer Steve Grossman, as well as a handful of other elected officials stood alongside Local 369 and urged Entergy to allow the union workers back into the Plymouth plant.
“I’m here today as a concerned resident of the Town of Plymouth and as someone who supports the rights of all workers having health care,” said Senate President Murray.
The Entergy spokesperson, who stayed inside the State House during the rally, said that both sides are waiting to hear from a federal mediator before negotiations continue.