Entergy continues to be ready to resume discussions with Union leadership
under the guidance of the mediator. The Company believes the federal mediation
process is the success path to a contract that will enable employees to come
back to work, which has been the goal throughout this process.
Approximately two-thirds of the regular work force at Pilgrim Station
remain on the job. The contingency plan was developed well in advance of the
expiration of the contract with Local 369 to ensure that only qualified and
experienced workers would be used. The contingency plan provides safety
assurances that do not exist if workers who reserve the right to strike without
notice, at any time, unilaterally walk off the job.
The plant continues to be safely operated by qualified, experienced employees
supplemented by temporary personnel from across Entergy's nuclear fleet. The
workers are qualified for and experienced in the tasks they are performing at
Pilgrim, many with more than 20 years of nuclear experience here or at other
Entergy nuclear plants.
The contract workers that have been temporarily brought in also meet strict
qualification requirements and have many years of experience working at nuclear
power plants around the country, including Pilgrim Station and other Entergy
There are stringent federal requirements that must be met to perform any task
at a nuclear power plant, including having a training and qualification program
that meets NRC regulations. Those training and qualification programs are
certified by the industry and monitored and overseen by the NRC.