No agreement reached in Seabrook Station labor talks
The two sides agreed to a cooling off period following a meeting with a federal mediator and will meet again Sunday at 10 a.m., according to Bob Mahoney, regional senior national representative for the Utility Workers of America, AFL-CIO.
Union officials have said previous contracts have been renewed without any labor unrest.
Region I spokesman Neil Sheehan said the review evaluated the plans’ adequacy, which covers areas such as staffing. No issues or concerns have been identified to date, he said.
“Governor Hassan’s focus is on maintaining safety measures and protocols at Seabrook Station in order to ensure public safety. Our office has been in close communication with Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials about contingency plans if a contract agreement is not reached by next week, and they are confident that the appropriate steps are being taken,” said Marc Goldberg, Gov. Hassan’s communications director. “The NRC will also have monitors in place 24/7 if contingency plans are required. The Governor encourages all parties to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement as quickly as possible.”
The company prepares for this kind of event and provided additional training so operations run smoothly, he said.
The UWUA Local 555 represents 226 workers who specialize in mechanical and electrical positions at the power plant, including instrumentation, calibration and control room operators.
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