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Entergy and locked-out union disagree on overtime

Associated Press Modified: October 5, 2012 at 5:30 pm •  Published: October 5, 2012

PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) — Entergy Corp. and the union security guards that it locked out of the Grand Gulf nuclear plant are squabbling over mandatory overtime.

Leaders of the United Government Security Officers of America said in a statement Thursday that guards are being forced to work too much overtime at Mississippi's only nuclear plant.

"The issues that Entergy refuses to address are related to poor morale and over-working, which leads to fatigue and a threat of security," the union said. It wants Entergy to hire more guards and provide negotiated vacation time.

Union leaders said Entergy is abusing a process whereby the company submits waivers to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to allow guards to work more hours than federal rules normally permit.

Entergy Nuclear, the division which operates Grand Gulf and other atomic plants, denied Friday that it's abusing such waivers.

"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," spokesman Mike Bowling said in a statement. "These regulations have been strictly followed at Grand Gulf.

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