Indian Point's owner, union, agree on staffing issue

There will be no court battle between Indian Point's owner and the union representing its plant workers. That's because the two sides came to a last-minute agreement over a staffing issue.

The union, Local 1-2, was concerned the number of people working at the plants was reaching levels which would make Indian Point unsafe. Two years ago, the company and Local 1-2 agreed to combine the work forces at the two plants, eliminating some redundant positions. But when staffing levels fell below what the union could accept, Local 1-2 went to court, seeking to prevent further cuts.

On Wednesday, just before a hearing on a proposed injunction against Entergy, the two sides reached a tentative agreement.Specifics of the agreement are not being released until it can be presented to union members.

Union officials say they are satisfied staffing will remain at a level, which, in their opinion, keeps Indian Point safe.

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