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October 05, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Mike Bowling
Entergy
mbowlin@entergy.com
(601) 368-5655
Grand Gulf Nuclear Station: Entergy responds to Union Leadership’s Claims

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