Jackson, Miss. — Our focus today and
every day is on operating Grand Gulf safely and securely.
We agreed to a 30-day extension of
the collective bargaining agreement – from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30 – but when the
union repeatedly rejected our fair and competitive wage and benefits proposal,
we implemented a contingency staffing plan at Grand Gulf to ensure a
professional security force remained in place when the current contract expired.
In addition, all Entergy Nuclear
plants operate in strict compliance with federal fitness for duty programs and
the nuclear fatigue rule, established by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to
ensure employees are ready to perform their duties and do not work excessive
overtime. These regulations have been strictly followed at Grand Gulf.
We remain committed to good faith
bargaining and are ready to resume discussions with UGSOA leadership through the
federal mediation process – which we believe is the success path to a contract
that will enable our employees to come back to work