UCOR, ATLC reach tentative agreement on two Oak Ridge contracts

Steve Jones, president of the Atomic Trades and Labor Council, and Dom Sansotta, human resources manager at UCOR (URS-CH2M Oak Ridge), today confirmed that tentative agreements have been reached on two four-year labor contracts supporting the Department of Energy’s environmental management program in Oak Ridge.

One of the contracts covers UCOR workers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where the cleanup manager supports the water treatment activities, etc., and the other includes UCOR’s hourly employees at the landfills west of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant. A total of about 100 union workers are covered by the contracts.

Jones said workers at the ORNL site will vote on Monday, while the Y-12/landfill workers will vote on Tuesday.

Sansotta characterized the negotiations over the past month and a half as “very cooperative in spirit.” He praised the ATLC leaders for their willingness to work together. He said the agreements should be favorable to both sides.

Jones also said both sides negotiated in good faith, and he said the union leadership has recommended ratification of the contracts.


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