No breaks are expected soon in a lockout of union workers at the Entergy-owned Pilgrim Nuclear power station in Plymouth. Union members remained on the picket line at the entrance to the facility on Rocky Hill Road in Plymouth on Thursday, Day 2 of the lockout. WATD’s Steven Dodrill talked with both sides.
WATD’s Steven Dodrill visited protestors shortly after mid-day on Thursday on Day 2 of the lockout.
Plymouth Selectman Chairman Matt Muratore he received a complaint from a constituent about the closing of powerhouse road, the cut-through road which protesters had used Wednesday as parking spots for their protest.
“I got a call from a consituent down in that area, and the gates have been closed from Route 3A entrance as well as the Rocky Hill entrance. The concern is people coming down 3A–what they are doing, is they are turning around in the middle of 3A where the flashing yellow light is, could cause an accident there. The other concern is getting police and fire down there with the road closed now.”
Entergy Spokesman Jim Steets says both sides stopped negotiations on the advice of a federal mediator.
At midnight Tuesday, contract negotiations ended, and Entergy escorted members of UWUA Local 369 out of the plant, and barred members arriving for work from entering the plant.
Steets says, like most contract negotiations, the sticking points include wages and health benefits. Union officials say Entergy is proposing includes “major concessions on health care, salary and staffing.”