Indian Point: Owners, workers reach tentative deal

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The workers and owners of Indian Point have reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract, officials said early Wednesday.

James T. Slevin, president of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2, said a deal was made shortly before 2 a.m. The deal must be voted on by the group’s members, the union said in an email.

Entergy, the Louisiana-based owner of the Buchanan nuclear power plant, said in an email that the two sides had agreed on a four-year contract for the union, which represents about 330 of the nearly 1,000 employees at Indian Point, which is shutting down by 2021.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Entergy said the contract is expected to be voted on by the union members within the next few weeks.

“This agreement benefits all parties — the workers, the union, and Entergy,” Tony Vitale, site vice president and Entergy’s top official at Indian Point, said in a statement. “I applaud the union’s negotiating team, led by James Slevin, for its continued discussions to reach an amicable agreement. All of our employees will continue to focus on their mission to provide reliable power to millions of New Yorkers through the date of permanent closure in 2021.”

The two sides have been trying to reach an agreement since December, and the union had recently authorized a strike before continuing to negotiate.

The union’s members include maintenance personnel, chemists and radiation protection specialists. Its major concern had been ensuring that its workers will handle the dismantling process of the plant, which provides energy to residents of Westchester County and New York City.