Contract talks for NY nuclear workers face Friday night deadline; federal mediators on hand

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A union representing nearly 400 workers at a New York nuclear plant is negotiating against a Friday night deadline for a new contract, which would avert a strike.

Both sides say they hope an agreement can be reached without a walkout at the Indian Point plant in Buchanan, 35 miles north of New York City.

But a Utility Workers of America spokesman says issues including wages and benefits remain unsettled.

Federal mediators have joined the bargaining.

Owner Entergy Nuclear says it plans to keep both its reactors running if a strike is called. A spokesman said Thursday managers and supervisors would fill in.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has inspected the strike contingency plans.

The union represents workers in operations, maintenance and safety. A spokesman says members’ hourly wages range from $40 to $60.