+1 212 318 2000
Europe, Middle East, & Africa
+44 20 7330 7500
+65 6212 1000
By Susan R. Hobbs
Security officers represented by United Government Security Officers of America Local 36 at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, Miss., were locked out Oct. 1, Entergy Corp., the plant owner, announced.
When their collective bargaining contract expired at midnight Sept. 30 without a renewed contract and without an extension, the employer locked out its security staff and implemented a contingency staffing plan “to ensure a professional security force remained in place after the expiration of the current contract,” according to Entergy. Replacement workers were brought in from security firms and other Entergy nuclear facilities, the company said.
The company said it “remains committed” to bargaining in good faith to reach a contract but did not say whether the talks have broken off or are continuing.
The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service has been involved with the parties during negotiations and “remains in contact with the parties,” FMCS spokesman John Arnold told BNA Oct. 5.
An Entergy spokesman Oct. 5 declined to say how many employees are in the security officers bargaining unit.
“Since those employees would have been working without a contract, they would reserve the right to leave their posts and strike at any time, a situation that is unacceptable,” Mike Balduzzi, senior vice president of nuclear technical services at Entergy Nuclear, said Oct. 1 in a statement.
He did not say whether or not union members have taken a vote to give union officials the authority to call a strike.
The lockout at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station is the second this year by Entergy. In June, the company locked out about 240 workers represented by Utility Workers Union of America Local 369 at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass., after the union members rejected a company contract offer (110 DLR A-13, 6/7/12). The workers were locked out for more than one month and returned to work after ratifying a labor contract July 8 (131 DLR A-4, 7/9/12).
A spokeswoman for the union was not available for comment.
By Susan R. Hobbs
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).