Port Gibson, Miss. – Negotiations
between Entergy and the leadership of United Government Security Officers of
America Local 36, which represents Grand Gulf security officers, regarding a new
union contract were unsuccessful. The current contract with plant security
officers expired at midnight on Sept. 30.
As a result, Entergy Nuclear has
implemented a contingency staffing plan at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station to ensure
a professional security force remained in place after the expiration of the
“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 at an Entergy
Nuclear plant,” said Mike Balduzzi, Entergy Nuclear’s senior vice president of
nuclear technical services. “The health and safety of the public is foremost
among our obligations, and this measure will ensure we meet the rigorous
standards required for securing, operating and maintaining our nuclear power
Highly qualified and experienced
individuals from Grand Gulf, from other plants within the Entergy nuclear fleet
and professional security firms that provide services to the nuclear industry
will be filling the necessary positions. The contingency plan for alternate
staffing is consistent with Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations.
“Entergy Nuclear remains committed to
plant safety, security, and to bargaining in good faith toward a fair and
equitable contract for both employees and the company,” said Balduzzi.