Workers at Indian Point Three vote to authorize a strike next month

Hundreds of Indian Point Three workers voted in favor to strike next month. The 'yes' vote authorizes nearly 300 workers at the Buchanan nuclear power plant to walk off the job January 17 if they don't get a new contract.

The 276 members of Utility Workers Local 1-2 include mechanics, maintenance workers and control room operators who make vital decisions every day. Their contract expires at midnight on January 17 and while talks are continuing, union officials say they are not getting very far.

Meanwhile, Entergy, the company that owns Indian Point, said in a written statement to News 12 Westchester, "Entergy feels confident we will come to an agreement with the union before the end of its current contract on January 17. These negotiations will not compromise safety or security at Indian Point Energy Center."

Workers at Indian Point Two are also voting on a strike even though their contract does not expire until next summer. The union hopes that vote will put additional pressure on Entergy to settle.

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