Union Recommends Workers Reject Nuke Plant Owner’s Contract Offer

Leaders of the union representing more than 450 workers at Nine Mile One and Two nuclear plants are urging members to turn down a “last, best and final” contract offer from the plants’ owner.

In a message to members posted on its website, leaders of IBEW Local 97 write, “(b)ecause this offer falls below expectations your Negotiating committee cannot recommend it for ratification, however, this offer will be brought back to the membership to vote on.”

Workers will hear details of the contract in one of three sessions on July 6 at the Elks Club in Oswego and will vote the next day at their union hall on W. 9th St.

Members of the union voted overwhelmingly this week to give their leaders the authority to send them out on strike if talks with a mediator failed to produce an agreement.

The union and company, Constellation Nuclear, extended the current contract until next week to allow time for workers to consider the offer.

A federal mediator held last-minute talks with the two sides on Wednesday, but those talks only produced the offer that the union says it cannot recommend.

A union official has said that the major issue is Constellation’s demand to roll back some pension benefits.