Plymouth: Town Manager weighs in on Pilgrim nuclear plant strike

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The march along the picket line continued Wednesday afternoon, in the shadow of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant off of Rocky Hill Road in Plymouth.

The president of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 said that plant owner Entergy locked out unionized employees after contract negotiations ended Tuesday. The union represents about 90 percent of the plant’s work force.

President Dan Hurley called the move “deeply alarming.” He called it “despicable” that management continues “shortchanging” employees a week after getting a 20-year license renewal. He says Louisiana-based Entergy is demanding “major concessions on health care, salary and staffing.”

Responding to the lockout and picketing, Plymouth Town Manager Melissa Arrighi says although the town can’t interfere with plant owner Entergy’s day-to-day operations or negotiations, now might be the time that the town has to insert itself into the mix.

Arrighi notes that the town is in negotiations with the plant right now for a “payment in lieu of tax agreement”. She says that is essentially about the value of the plant, like it would be on a home.

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