21 March 2007 at 6:12:23 PM
Why? Because the union of workers says that the employees are underpaid.... AND TXU has been outsourcing a number of jobs at the plant.
The union that represents workers at TXU Corp.\'s nuclear plant voted late Tuesday to authorize leaders to call a strike if they cannot negotiate a new contract by the end of the week.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which represents about 230 operators and maintenance workers at Comanche Peak, announced the vote on Wednesday, complaining that their salary levels are below average for nuclear workers, and that TXU has outsourced many jobs at the plant.
Their contract expires at midnight on Saturday.
"TXU came to the bargaining table with a take-it-or-leave-it attitude," said IBEW negotiator George Crawford.
So how much do the workers make now?
The union workers at the Glen Rose plant make between $43,000 and $133,000 a year, including overtime, bonuses and incentives.
Mr. Crawford said union leaders have been frustrated that TXU managers prefer to boost compensation with bonuses, rather than by increasing the hourly wage rate.
Yeah. And let\'s not forget how TXU made record profits AND is under investigation for stiffing ratepayers. Plus, they sure managed to pony up money to help pay for Governor 39 percent\'s inauguration. And they\'ll pay $200 mill to the current CEO if they manage to sell the corp. And they managed to come up with money to help pay for Gov 39 percent\'s recent trip to Dubai!
And this is interesting about job accident levels and welding failures
Mr. Crawford said the workers that authorized the strike are also concerned about job safety during times when the reactors are off for maintenance.
He said job accident levels and welding failures rose during scheduled maintenance of one Comanche Peak unit. IBEW pointed out in a press release that safety and work quality will be critical when the second Comanche Peak unit undergoes such maintenance.
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