Consolidated Nuclear Security, the government’s managing contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, and the Atomic Trades and Labor Council, which represents about 1,100 hourly workers at the Oak Ridge plant, have agreed on another extension of the existing labor agreement. This one will reportedly be for 11 weeks, from the current expiration date of Sept. 21 until Dec. 8.
As part of the agreement, each of the Y-12 workers covered by the ATLC contract will receive a one-time lump-sum payment of $1,250 to compensate them for lost wages (back to June 22) as a result of the time lag in negotiating a new contract. Their current contract has been extended on multiple occasions, allowing CNS more time to try to negotiate a new contract with Y-12’s sister plant, Pantex — where about 1,100 workers with the Metal Trades Council went out on strike more than two weeks ago after twice rejecting proposed contract offers by CNS.
According to Steve Jones, the president of the ATLC, if CNS — which manages both Y-12 and Pantex — hasn’t resolved the contract dispute with the Metal Trades Council at Pantex before Oct. 9, the company can extend the Y-12 contract until Jan. 31, 2016.
If the Pantex labor contract is settled by then, the ATLC and CNS would begin negotiations immediately on a new Y-12 collective bargaining agreement.
The Y-12 union workers are due to get their lump-sum payment by Oct. 1.
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