Workers at Indian Point may strike next month

News 12 Westchester has learned that utility workers at Indian Point are likely to strike. The strike would authorize nearly 300 workers at the Buchanan nuclear power plant to walk off the job next month if they don't get a new contract by then.

The president of the utility workers union Local 1-2 calls contract negotiations "difficult, icy and bitter." Hundreds of workers will gather Thursday at the Verplanck Firehouse to take a strike authorization vote.

The workers do very sensitive work inside Indian Point Three, one of the two reactors on the Buchanan site. They 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. A spokesman called the strike a "last resort" but a weapon they need to use to hammer out a new deal with Entergy, the company that owns Indian Point.

A spokesman for Entergy told News 12 Westchester he'll reserve comment until after Thursday's vote.

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