Union workers have rejected a tentative contract with the owners of the Pilgrim nuclear plant in Plymouth.
The Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 announced the 137-to-89 vote Wednesday. Union leaders had recommended the deal reached early Tuesday with Entergy Corp.
Union president Dan Hurley said workers “have spoken loud and clear” that they won’t accept cuts to pay or healthcare benefits, and urged Entergy to return to bargaining.
Entergy called the deal “an exceptional wage and benefits package” and said it the next steps are unclear but it favors federal mediation.
The dispute has become contentious with Entergy locking out union workers and the union filing complaints with the National abor Relations Board.
Entergy said about two-thirds of its regular workforce at Pilgrim is on the job and an alternate staffing plan remains in effect.
The following is a statement from Entergy, the owners of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth:
The Company remains squarely focused on the safe operation of Pilgrim Station, which has been our focus throughout this contract negotiation process. Approximately two-thirds of the regular work force at Pilgrim Station remain on the job, and the Company’s alternate staffing/contingency plan remains in effect. The alternate staffing is consistent with maintaining the necessary safety focus at the plant.
The following is a statement from Dan Hurley, president of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 369:
The hardworking men and women who keep Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant operating profitably and safely have spoken loud and clear: They will not accept cuts to their pay or healthcare from a company making record profits and paying executives in the tens of millions. We urge Entergy to return to the bargaining table so that we can realistically address the very real concerns of our members.