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Offline Rennhack

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« on: Nov 30, 2002, 07:10 »
Don't forget to vote.  Keep your comments civil.

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« Reply #1 on: Nov 30, 2002, 08:56 »
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 21, 2002, 09:29 »
Another hole, particle city. I remember sitting at the control point and I reached behind me and causually opened up and electircal panel that was not secured. Someone had hidden High contamination signs in all their panels!I took them out a showed bad boy Bob, "Hey someone hid these signs in your electrical panels- don't worry, I took them all out." Turns out they were supposed to be there. The ceiling lights had a thick layer of 50k dust on it. Things got worse in the contaminated areas.

On the 95 foot level guys standing around in their underwear were getting contaminated waiting in line to use the frisker. They were leaning against a concrete wall (right below the fuel pool) which was leaching.

They also spent a fortune at this plant to figure out why all the pigeons perched outside the Reactor building were dieing. The brought the experts in to examine the birds. After a few days and much expense they figured out the birds were dieing because the workers were throwing stones at them.


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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2003, 04:37 »

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2003, 12:22 »
All we heard was that the union guys have
been working without a contract for several months,
and they finally got fed up and walked!!!!! ???

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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2003, 01:36 »
Exelon was planning on laying off 25% of the Oyster Creek RP staff?

http://www.jerseyshorenuclearwatch.org/workerstrike.htm

Sorry about the source, but the parties aren't saying much.

I'd appreciate some official word if it's available.

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2003, 09:06 »
There's more to it than no contract.  There were no negotiations.  They handed our representatives a contract offer and said take it or leave it.  We left it.  Then they gutted that offer to make it worse, and said take it or leave it.  We took it to the NLRB.  Using three different (and bad) judgement cases, the NLRB ruled in favor of the company.

The company claims they have to control costs, and cited the $250,000 they paid in overtime meals last year.   What they don't tell you is they paid out $1,000,000 each bonuses to two individuals.  But the guys working 16 hour days are gutting the company profits when they get a $17 meal allowance.

They want to get rid of the pre-20 year workers to avoid retirements; they want the contract to allow them to lay-off union workers as they see fit, and bring in contractors; they want the contract to allow them to split overtime to 4 hour blocks - so they can make people stay 4 hours after shift with no notice and avoid the callout list.  (When they imposed the contract, that was the first thing they did, forcing 12 hour shifts for all of us - something they wanted long ago).

They want the contract to allow the supervisors to do the work of the union people - and to allow operators to do rad tech work (such as area surveys), so they can lay off 75% of the rad tech force.

Exelon is attempting to bust the union, plain and simple.

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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2003, 06:36 »
Why do you think they are slowly forcing about NPSW?
Although i hva e no love lost for stone and webster,90% of their work force is union,and they have become very union friendly, one rumor i kept hearing is that Bechtel wanted the maintenance contract for all the exelon plants.
It may work in Jersey, and it may work in PA....but i think the Chicago unions are a little more stubborn....i do not see the will county union (Dresden) rolling over.
They already lead the united states in money spent for convictions of predatory contractors, they also have the highest per capitaof members who have spent jail time for questionable union practices.

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« Reply #8 on: Jun 11, 2003, 03:21 »
Does anybody know if there is a Hotline to get updated information? :o

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« Reply #9 on: Jun 19, 2003, 03:56 »
Worked in New Radwaste bldg 81-83 for Hittman, Picked up over 10 R exposure in two years! They had an "opps" and backflowed hot resin into the air lines overhead. GA we worked in all day was 20-30 mr/hr. Never anything hot, just a little dose every day!

On the upside, I loved Seaside Heights in the summer and racing at Englishtown ;D

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« Reply #10 on: Jun 30, 2003, 11:41 »
Moke posted this in another thread:

If you return there during the off-peak season (after Labor Day) you may check out the Ocean Terrace Condominiums at 732-793-7922 Fax: 2201 and ask for Janice. Tell em Ed Young (Hawaiian) sent you. Janice has some nice efficiencies (180-200 / wk) located on the Beach at the southern end of the Boardwalk in Seaside Park.
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« Reply #11 on: Jul 11, 2003, 12:22 »
"Negotiations between the company and bargaining unit resumed July 3. The union presented a one-page proposal, conceding only to the company's wage and benefit proposal. The company's latest offer retains the same wage and benefits package of its previous offers and adds changes that reflect the lessons learned while management has been operating the plant during the current strike".
Exelon Nuclear Vision. July 10, 2003. [smiley=argue.gif] [smiley=argue.gif] [smiley=argue.gif] [smiley=argue.gif] [smiley=argue.gif]

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« Reply #12 on: Jul 11, 2003, 01:51 »
Surf and Stream Campground
Route 571
Manchester Township
(908) 349-8919

I stayed there for the outage and it was a decent place.  Rate was 400 plus elec.  which was the only one I found that wasnt 600 or more plus elec.   Good luck in your search.

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« Reply #13 on: Jul 25, 2003, 11:20 »
IBEW Local 1289 Strike.

Two months after walking off the job at Oyster Creek Generating Station on May 22, members of the IBEW Local 1289 are still walking the line, and the company’s hope
for a quick resolution to the strike has faded.
In the meantime, the union has met with the company and a state mediator four times in eight weeks, each time failing to bring a solid proposal to the table. At the request of Wellington Davis, executive director of the New Jersey
Mediation and Conciliation Service, company and union negotiating teams met on July 21.
At the outset of the meeting, the company - in response to a union request from an earlier session provided union negotiators with a comprehensive offer document reflecting all the changes and contract language from the company’s
July 3 offer. The company asked union negotiators to take the offer back to the membership for a vote. Union leaders did not respond.
The company also provided alisting of the 19 issues
currently separating the parties. The issues in dispute center on other contract changes - largely restrictive work
rules - which remain one stumbling block in negotiations over the past several months.
Davis recommended union leaders put their counter proposal
together before the next negotiating session. Union negotiators reluctantly agreed and indicated they
would have their proposal finished by Friday, July 25. No date for the next negotiating meeting has been set.


Work Rule Changes Primary Issue in Strike.

“This strike will end when union leaders take their responsibility seriously,” Oyster Creek Site Vice President Ernie Harkness said. “The company has made five solid proposals, and in return the union has rehashed proposals previously rejected.” The most recent of these proposals was presented July 3 and 7.
The company has repeatedly rejected the union’s binding arbitration offer and the union’s attempt to delay implementing new work rules. Union leaders claim the
new rules will make the plant unsafe, and yet management and non-represented employees have been running the plant safely, efficiently and at full power since the union walked off the job.
“We would never consider implementing rules that would
jeopardize plant or public safety,” Harkness said. “The new rules would allow the company to run Oyster Creek more competitively and efficiently. Cross training employees
is nothing new to corporate America. It is the way business
in the 21st century will be run.”

Nuclear Vision. Dresden Iluminator. July 23, 2003

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« Reply #14 on: Jul 25, 2003, 11:21 »
“Union leadership is portraying the work rule issue as an item that arose from recent contract negotiations,”
Harkness said, “and that isn’t true. We have been trying
to reform the work rules since prior to AmerGen’s purchase in 2000.”
“I have said repeatedly the strike will not be resolved until union leaders keep their promise to address the work rule issue,’’ Harkness said. “That has not happened, and until it does we will continue to negotiate in good faith
with union leadership. We remain committed to finding a resolution.’’

Non-Represented Employees Pull Together.

Since the union members went on strike an incredible amount of work has been done by Oyster Creek employees as well as
employees who have dedicated their time to the station from other Exelon Nuclear sites and business units in Exelon.
Employees worked long and hard to bring the unit back on-line on May 26 after an unplanned outage occurred on May 20. Thanks to cooperative efforts from the workforce now on-site, workers have completed 120 work orders in the
corrective and elective maintenance backlog since May 20 in addition to the new items the site actively identified for repair. There has also been over a 50 percent reduction in main control room and radwaste deficiencies with all work completed with high quality. The company continues to
remain open to negotiating with the union. “Our wish right now is to end the strike, but that cannot and will not be the case if the union doesn’t start negotiating seriously,”
said Harkness. “The plant isn’t suffering as a result of the strike - union represented employees are.”
As of July 1, since striking employees are not eligible for unemployment benefits, the average unmarried employee has lost about $8,000 and an employee with a family nearly $9,000. Local 1289 members have been picketing at the entrance of Oyster Creek since the walkout. Activity on the picket line has been steady for the past few weeks.
“It’s going to be a long, drawn-out and frustrating process. I think we have seen some of that in the last negotiations on both sides. Still, management and nonrepresented employees maintaining the plant are upbeat,” Harkness said. “It hasn’t been easy on them,” Harkness acknowledged. “Their response does not surprise me because
of the professionalism the team has shown me in the last 2
1/2 years addressing the challenges that face this small single unit. Their dedication has been paramount to our success.”

Nuclear Vision. Dresden Iluminator. July 23, 2003

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« Reply #15 on: Jul 26, 2003, 04:39 »
What is "Nuclear Vision. Dresden Iluminator" ? Is this a company news letter?

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« Reply #16 on: Jul 26, 2003, 11:12 »
Its Exelon Propaganda news letter. With there twist on how they see things.  :-X Its all to show there the good guys in this strike. They also would like you to believe there not making a lot of money. Thats why the CEO made 27 million last year. That why they pay Jim Furik PGA Golfer 4 million to where a shirt. If you want the other side of the story you need to go to http://www.ibew1298.org/1289/1289Home.htm . JMHO DJ
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« Reply #17 on: Jul 26, 2003, 11:25 »
ly 23, 2003

N-plant strike negotiations may continue next week
By JIM McELHATTON Staff Writer, (609) 978-2015

Nearly eight hours of talks late Monday night failed to produce a settlement as the labor strike at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant now enters its third month.

Plant owner AmerGen Energy Co. and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1289 may meet again Monday, according Ed Stroup, president of Local 1289.

Stroup declined to say if both sides were any closer after Monday's meeting.

"We still have some work to do," Stroup said. "I'd like to get this thing resolved, but I don't have the ability to say where the end is right now."

AmerGen officials said the union and management disagree on 19 issues included in the company's contract proposal.

Plant site Vice President Ernie Harkness said the sticking point in negotiations continues to be proposed work rules that would consolidate some workers' responsibilities, resulting in the loss of about 20 jobs.

"Without considerable discussion on the work rule issue, there is no quick end in sight," Harkness said.

Harkness said replacement workers have been running the plant safely and more efficiently since 217 IBEW members went out on strike May 22.

The company also provided the union with news reports on an agreement recently reached between the Philadelphia Convention Center and six labor unions.

The deal allows union members to perform each other's tasks to reduce costs.

However, Stroup said the IBEW didn't appreciate hearing about the convention center.

"This is a nuclear power plant we're talking about here, not a convention center," Stroup said. "A nuclear power plant has procedures that a convention center does not."

The union has agreed to consider an "advanced radiation worker program" in place at the Clinton Generating Station in Illinois, which is owned by Exelon Nuclear, the parent company of the Oyster Creek ownership.

"It sounds very good and flowery," said Stroup. "But all the program is spreading work among the general population of workers. We're not happy about that, but we're having it shoved down our throats."

Harkness said the work rules are needed to keep the plant competitive. Harkness also could not say when the strike might end.

"We do not want the strike prolonged," he said. "But a resolution does not appear any closer, especially with nonunion workers at the plant proving that the new work rules do in fact lead to improvements in efficiency while meeting all safety requirements."

To e-mail Jim McElhatton at The Press:

JMcElhatton@pressofac.com


Oh by the way are Advanced Rad Worker "ARW" program is a completed Success. We have 1 Qualified ARW worker for the whole plant. JMHO DJ
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« Reply #18 on: Aug 05, 2003, 09:53 »
Oyster Creek Contract Agreement Reached

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« Reply #19 on: Aug 05, 2003, 09:56 »
Importance:      High
Oyster Creek Contract Agreement Reached
DATE: August 5, 2003
FROM: Ernie Harkness, Oyster Creek Site Vice President

INSTRUCTIONS: Urgent! Please share the following information with your employees immediately.

Oyster Creek Generating Station reached an agreement with IBEW 1289 today on a new contract, resolving the 76-day strike.  After several tough-negotiating sessions the past two weeks, both sides agreed to provisions in the contract early this morning. Bargaining unit members are scheduled to vote on the agreement Thursday.

“Our ability to manage the labor action and operate the plant safely over the past 76 days is directly attributable to the commitment of management employees from Oyster Creek.  Thank you,” Ernie Harkness, Oyster Creek Site Vice President, said.

“We were challenged, but we also learned a lot about how to operate the plant more efficiently.  We’ll now be able to apply what we learned with all our workers,” Harkness said.

The strike began May 22 when 217 union members walked off the job.  Nineteen individuals have since resigned from the union, having previously returned to work. If the contract is ratified, striking employees are expected to return to work Aug. 11.

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« Reply #20 on: Aug 07, 2003, 08:20 »
I heard that the Local 1289 is not recommending this agreement because is the worst offer yet!  and that they are
just giving the people a chance to end the strike if that is what they want.

Any more news from either side?

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« Reply #21 on: Aug 07, 2003, 10:15 »
Negotiations Update
August 7, 2003

To all members of local 1289:
The vote on the AmerGen/Exelon contract passed today by a narrow margin and the offer was formally accepted.
Members will be contacted by the company as to when to report back to work next week.


Well they gave up jobs, Double time, Meal money, Time off, Work rules and they have to be ARW trained. They gave up over $10,000 in pay for a contract not worthy of toilet paper.  :-/ Local 1289 never give up. Tomorrow another day.  :-X Good luck in the future.... DJ
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« Reply #22 on: Aug 09, 2003, 10:37 »
Oyster Creek Strike



The Strike is over. Local 1289 workers to return to work Monday.

August 8, 2003 The Asbury Park Press
Oyster Creek workers vote to end strike, accept 3-year contract
LACEY -- Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1289 last night approved a contract offered by the management of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant, ending the longest strike in the plant's 34-year history.

The three-year contract approved by the union gives the plant, owned by AmerGen Energy Co., the ability to lay off as many workers as it wishes in the next three years, said Stroup. Supervisors are now also barred from doing bargaining unit work, and a provision that would match the overtime earned by outside contractors to union workers was deleted, Stroup said.

The contract also provides for a 3 percent salary increase per year over a three-year period, increases the employee 401(k) plan, creates special increases in the 401(k) plans of workers over 50, and a 10 percent increase in vacation time, said Gina G. Scala, spokeswoman for the plant.

Asked who has emerged as the victor in this difficult strike, Stroup replied, "Nobody. There are no winners. The company doesn't win. They got the contract they wanted, and we got a contract we didn't want. We're afraid this contract is going to lead to an eventual problem at the plant. We fought it every step of the way -- but we can only fight so far."

August 8, 2003 The Press of Atlantic City
Oyster Creek union accepts contract offer
WALL TOWNSHIP - With misgivings about the fairness of the settlement proposal submitted by Oyster Creek officials and agreed upon by their union negotiators, a majority of the 198 members of IBEW Local 1289 on strike from the nuclear power plant ratified a new contract Thursday night and will return to work Monday.

It was a bittersweet day for the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers who had been on strike for 11 weeks and according to union President Ed Stroup, now had to live with a contract that was worse than parent company Exelon Nuclear's "last, best final offer" before the May 22 strike.

"People are happy to work (again), but are not happy about the contract," Stroup said.

More than 90 percent of the union turned out to vote at Wall Township headquarters Thursday, Stroup said.

He called the results of the vote a "squeaker" in favor of ratifying the contract.

Stroup said that union members were heading out late Thursday night to Lacey, to the front of the 34-year-old power plant, to tear down pickets and angry protest signs that marked the longest strike in the plant's history.

August 8, 2003 Ocean County Observer
Strike ends
LACEY -- Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1289 voted yesterday to accept the settlement package worked out between the union and representatives from Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, thereby ending the strike that began 79 days ago.

However, he said that AmerGen, the company that manages Oyster Creek, renegged on their original statement to let go of 10 percent of the union workforce. This was one of the company moves that began the strike.

"They're indicating that they are not going to hold to the number of job cuts," he said.

He said that AmerGen did not know how many jobs would be cut, nor the positions, only that the number would be greater than 10 percent.

"The company has the right to hire permanent replacement workers," Stroup had told union members, "no matter how you decide to vote."

Employees are scheduled to return to work on Monday, in groups of 40 to 50 a day for the week, Stroup said.

Site communicator Gina Scala said that 19 strikers had crossed the picket lines.


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« Reply #23 on: Aug 09, 2003, 12:45 »
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The Strike is over. Local 1289 workers to return to work Monday.

Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1289 last night approved a contract offered by the management of the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant, ending the longest strike in the plant's 34-year history.  

Asked who has emerged as the victor in this difficult strike, Stroup replied, "Nobody. There are no winners. The company doesn't win. They got the contract they wanted, and we got a contract we didn't want.

It was a bittersweet day for the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers who had been on strike for 11 weeks and according to union President Ed Stroup, now had to live with a contract that was worse than parent company Exelon Nuclear's "last, best final offer" before the May 22 strike.

"The company has the right to hire permanent replacement workers," Stroup had told union members, "no matter how you decide to vote."
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Who did the negotiating for this union? ??? If they weren't Amergen officials, they must have been related or paid well for their efforts.

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« Reply #24 on: Aug 12, 2003, 07:18 »
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Oyster Creek Strike

Asked who has emerged as the victor in this difficult strike, Stroup replied, "Nobody. There are no winners. The company doesn't win. They got the contract they wanted, and we got a contract we didn't want."

this sure reads as though oyster creek management won.
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« Reply #25 on: Aug 12, 2003, 02:21 »
Definitely. Management will run this plant now.

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« Reply #26 on: Aug 12, 2003, 08:41 »
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Definitely. Management will run this plant now.


I've never been there Shrekster.  Are you saying they didn't before?  If not, they had nobody to blame but themselves.
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« Reply #27 on: Aug 13, 2003, 09:09 »
Like u said, you have never been there. GPU coddled the union like nowhere else and gave them what they wanted to shut them up because GPU was decommissioning OC anyway.

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« Reply #28 on: Aug 13, 2003, 10:17 »
I worked with Ernie Harkness before and I think he is a great guy. The place will do well with him leading the way. You have to remember it's all business. I think they should all be thankful the contract problems didn't lead to pulling the plug. There's a few dollars left in the old girl, but not a lot. I hope they can all settle down and just run it right and safe. I think it will take some time. Bitter feelings have a tendancy to carry over for many years. Too bad it had to come to a strike. Good luck to all that work there.
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« Reply #29 on: Aug 14, 2003, 07:50 »
Union Membership Accepts Oyster Creek Contract
Vote Ends 11-Week Strike; Employees Back to Work.

Union members agreed Thursday to accept the terms of AmerGen’s final contract proposal, ending the 11-week strike. Employees began returning to work Monday, Aug. 11.
“Both sides made concessions,” Site Vice President Ernie Harkness said, stressing the company did not significantly alter its position on the work rule issue. “We learned a lot about running the plant during the strike. Those lessons
have enabled us to operate the plant more efficiently.
“With this new contract, we will beable to continue the excellent performance that a flexible set of work rules allows.” Two key provisions include:
• The contract provides for a 3 percent pay increase per year over a three-year period, increases
in the 401(k) company match, and additional contributions for employees over 50 years of age into their 401(k).
• The contract expands workforce flexibility by permitting employees to perform tasks outside their job descriptions for which they are trained and qualified as long as the work may be safely and properly performed. “We spent a great deal of time negotiating this contract,” Harkness said. “We believe it retains the company’s commitment to efficiently, flexibly and competitively operate the plant.” “We are confident that as we get our workforce re-established, we will be able to continue improving the operation of the plant with this new contract,”
Harkness said.

Exelon Nuclear. Dresden Iluminator. August 13, 2003.


The strike began May 22 when 217 union members walked off the job.  Nineteen individuals have since resigned from the union, having previously returned to work.
What happened to those individuals? Are they still members of Local 1289?

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« Reply #30 on: Feb 17, 2004, 06:56 »
Is O.C. making any movement toward dry cask storage?

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« Reply #31 on: Feb 18, 2004, 06:30 »
Worked refuel floor in spring '93.
Spent the entire outage just about every morning starting at the bottom of the stairs and deconning our way up to the floor. Seemed to be a pretty decent bunch of house folks.

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« Reply #32 on: Nov 12, 2004, 03:32 »
did you hear about the worker who took a wire brush to his chest/nipples because he was affraid of contamination!!!!!!!! true happened a few days ago during the outage. worker never worked in a nuke plant and must of watched to much silkwood. Or is he trying to get a few bucks out of the creek? and how about that free lunch from rp management? they ordered enough food for half of the techs while the rest went hungry. then wackenhut destroying a house techs truck!!!!
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« Reply #33 on: Sep 20, 2005, 10:06 »
I'm considering taking a job at Oyster Creek.  The last entries on this thread are a couple of years old.  Any updated info on lodging would be greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #34 on: Sep 23, 2005, 09:46 »
That is my home plant I grew up there and my mom still owns a hose on LBI.  Contact me by PM and let me know what your looking for as I can probably help.
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« Reply #35 on: Apr 20, 2006, 03:33 »
Is it possible to have "Oyster Creek" mentioned in a mainstream paper without the phrase, "Nation's oldest operating nuclear generation station"?

Just thought I would share a few excerpts from an amazing piece of investigative journalism in a NJ fish-wrap:


"Hairline cracks in the concrete shield around the reactor vessel at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in Lacey can't be dismissed as the normal products of aging.

"The cracks in the concrete wall should be one of those concerns because the shield is designed to a stop some of the reactor's radiation and heat from entering parts of the containment building on the other side.

"Independent experts who reviewed the NRC documents have concluded the cracks are normal, much akin to those found on weather-beaten sidewalks. But a nuclear power plant is not a sidewalk. The cracks may indicate deterioration that could have dire consequences."


Good thing they found out NPP aren't sidewalks. Hollywood will be relieved!

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« Reply #36 on: Apr 21, 2006, 12:33 »
IN 1986 I'm on a plane going home to Wellington, Ohio from Idaho Falls. There's a layover in Denver. The guy next to me notices I'm reading a text book about nuclear fuel and asks what I do for a living. I tell him I operate reactors for the Navy. The guy then says he's not anti nuke or anything but he's really scared that one day one of those reactors might go critical, then said he hoped we were trained for that.

I called him an idiot then went back to my book.

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« Reply #37 on: Jul 04, 2006, 11:30 »
Oyster Creek SUCKS!!!
Swore that place off in 1992...i heard it only got worse..really bad contractor vs. union issues....
i said that i'd pick cans b4 i went back there! Ranks right up there w/ Pilgrim!

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« Reply #38 on: Aug 20, 2006, 05:50 »
low pay, high cost of living, no training, get fired for a worker doing something you specifically told him not to do......what's not to love?
can't wait for the out(r)age.
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« Reply #39 on: Aug 20, 2006, 09:01 »
Make sure you vote in the "Rate Oyser Creek" thread.
http://www.nukeworker.com/forum/index.php/topic,1060.0.html

32% say it is above average, and 14% say it is average.

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« Reply #40 on: Aug 24, 2006, 01:43 »
Does anyone think that the renewal issue might be the reason they have been listing lots of jobs all over? 
Are they having hard time keeping people who see writing on the wall?

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« Reply #41 on: Aug 24, 2006, 01:52 »
Same here, plus let's face it, the cost of living there is high compared with other areas of the country where nukes are currently being hired.

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« Reply #42 on: Aug 24, 2006, 08:00 »
that place deserves what it gets!
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« Reply #43 on: Aug 25, 2006, 01:46 »
Here is the lead sentence of a recent story; looks like the NRC is not yet giving the green light to OC.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a report released Monday that the Oyster Creek Generating Station needs to commit more testing and attention to the possible corrosion of the reactor's liner before the plant can be granted a 20-year license renewal.

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http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/local/ocean/v-printer/story/6663970p-6531124c.html
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« Reply #44 on: Oct 04, 2006, 04:20 »
What is going on with Oyster Creek?  Is there a chance that it will not get its license renewed past 2009?  I am considering taking a job there and would like any input any of you may have, thanks.

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« Reply #45 on: Oct 04, 2006, 05:13 »
What is going on with Oyster Creek?  Is there a chance that it will not get its license renewed past 2009?  I am considering taking a job there and would like any input any of you may have, thanks.

It is not definite that they will get a license renewal. Take that into account when you are evaluating their offer. They should either be offering more money than the competition (or you aren't offered a job at the competition) or else there is no incentive to take a job where they could be shuttered in 3 years.

The good news is that if you have experienced OC 2006-2009, you are more marketable than before that experience. If you don't mind moving, then you can be in a good negotiating position with your next employer. And all indications today are that the house jobs at commercial nukes will be more available then (due to retirement of the initial staffs).
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« Reply #46 on: Oct 05, 2006, 04:12 »
OC is part of Exelon, which has 16 other units. If OC is shut down, I'm sure Exelon would place you at one of their other sites.
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« Reply #47 on: Oct 05, 2006, 05:02 »
If OC is shut down in 2009, could I get into the company and gain my SRO certification by the time it would be S/D?  Right now, they have stated that I would be slated for an SRO class in the summer of 2007.  I hear that the SRO certification takes about 18 months which puts me near the end of the license in April of 2009.  Plus, if they find out they are going to be S/D, would they even continue to train SRO classes? 

Let's say they do not, I am not a brand new employee with no experience looking to move to another plant, so I am at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to finding a new job.  I could just be let go....tough call.  Any other thoughts? 

I mean, if they would like me to come in as an instant SRO, I'm pretty sure they could easily place me somewhere else into an SRO class?  Right?

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« Reply #48 on: Oct 08, 2006, 08:34 »
It looks like we're getting a bit off the OC topic here, (wouldn't want to rile the Moderators), but to answer your question; the fact that OC has a position for you and wants you to go SRO doesn't mean any of the other plants will make you an offer. If you were already qualified, they'd probably place you, but I'm not sure that applies to someone in training.
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« Reply #49 on: Oct 23, 2006, 05:58 »
How is the outage at O.C. going so far?  Any word on the drywall liner inspections? 

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« Reply #50 on: Oct 23, 2006, 06:45 »
Outage so far is going well.  It's day 8 with a lot let to complete.
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« Reply #51 on: Oct 23, 2006, 10:18 »
Well, that is a matter of opinion.  Mine is that the outage is a cluster, with ops holding it up and blowing water everywhere, too many green craft, too few RP's, too few Decon, and way too many managers looking at everything.  They came up with words that are not spoken in the OCC, such as maybe, might, we think, today, end of shift.  The only word we don't hear from the OCC is NO.  Diving is going well, however, and there are other places that are positive, but moral is not one of them.  We are being forced to work 84 hours/week, and if someone takes a day off, even if scheduled far in advance, he loses per Diem for that day, even though he will still work 72 hours that week.  Have to admire the House Techs, though.  They are some of the nicest people at the plant, I guess because they are in it with us, and then have to stay after the flood and pick up the pieces.  Boy, do I feel for them, but I've had enough of this place to last a lifetime.
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« Reply #52 on: Oct 24, 2006, 01:27 »
I can understand the frustration with the shortage of techs.  This isn't the only site with that problem.  As to the craft, you only get what the hall sends.  With the work force getting older and retiring you get what is available.  OC does have it's quirks and is not the easiest place to work but my preception is everyone is doing a jod job and doing it right.  Sorry your stay here hasn't been that pleasant.  You are not the only one working seven days.  My wife hates it and I'm on mids to boot!  Hope your stay gets a little better.
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« Reply #53 on: Oct 24, 2006, 02:40 »
We're about 30 hrs behind, doin' drives. Had a few problems during disassembly. Gotta agree on the house tech thing. The OC and the other Exelon techs are great. They work, they help you and they know what they're doing.
As with a lot of outages these days, Safety and Rad Protection take a back seat to the schedule.
Per diem is being taken for days off, it sucks, especially since they told us 6-12's before the outage. Maybe if I take a half-day.....
Another bone is that if you get stuck late, and wind up working 12 1/2, they only pay your for 12....they take away your paid lunch.
The only real sticking points here are the pay ($21.50/hr) which we all knew about before we came here, and the RPM (who I can find nothing good to say about)....rents are kind of high, but should be coming down.

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« Reply #54 on: Oct 24, 2006, 03:21 »
Sounds like typical exelon make people work 84+ hrs aweek so everyone is a potential FFD issue. and yes being too tired to do your job is a ffd issue, all in the name of schedule. can't believe someone would take your diem for taking a day off, oh wait its exelon. well as for the shortage of qualified and experienced personnel thats a huge industry issue.especially when alot of outages are scheduled at the same time. well hope the outage finnishes well ! 21.50 is that for a sr. hp tech ? seems kinda low ?

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« Reply #55 on: Nov 05, 2006, 05:06 »
You are right, taking per diem away when you take a day off is not right at all.

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« Reply #56 on: Nov 05, 2006, 08:21 »
Its not like you can go home. If your more than 60 miles from home per diem must/should be paid if still employed.
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« Reply #57 on: Nov 06, 2006, 04:34 »
I'm afraid that's a 'should.' Bartlett's position is that since the 'client' (Oyster Creek) won't pay per diem for a day you miss, Bartlett won't pay you. OC is doing this because the outage is/was so understaffed......imagine that, with leadership like that they couldn't get people to come.
Anyway, it's almost over, a little behind schedule and a few things I never thought I'd see, but like most jobs, it's what you made of it. I'd come back again.......if I couldn't get something better. ;)
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« Reply #58 on: Dec 19, 2007, 10:25 »
maybe they need to pay more and for people not to go/
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   ...oyster creek has 10 months left on its operating license...

   ...refuel outage, oct 24...

   ...how will all this affect our lives...



 
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« Reply #60 on: Jun 13, 2008, 10:04 »
It doesn't affect mine anymore!  License renewal was only one of the factors I used when deciding to leave there.  The license is good until 2009 so they will refuel and plug along.  I do hope they get renewal.  Jersey needs the electricity, some great people and that areas economy will take a big hit if it is shut down.  Ocean County has tourism and that is about it for good paying jobs.
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« Reply #61 on: Jun 13, 2008, 02:10 »
I could care less. The last I checked Oyster Creek doesn't affect my pay or bonus.

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« Reply #62 on: Jun 14, 2008, 12:42 »
Well, if they didn't get it, they would be the first one - could possibley be the start of a trend of non-renewals from the NRC?? I hope not - Lots of folks working at OC, we haven't had a decommisioning start in a while tho - I hate to see plants close, at least until we actually get some new ones in the pipeline.......
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« Reply #63 on: Jun 14, 2008, 01:19 »
I could care less. The last I checked Oyster Creek doesn't affect my pay or bonus.

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« Reply #64 on: Jun 14, 2008, 05:00 »
There'll be a lot of work for the dirt diggers as the yard is just as crapped up as the DW.  Granted it's inside the fence, that's the reason the fence was put up.
Consider it 5+ years solid work.  It'll be a money maker for somebody.

Hate it for the house guys, but, so goes the cycle.

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Re: Oyster Creek
« Reply #65 on: Aug 20, 2008, 01:25 »
Congratulations Oyster!

LACEY — From 2005 through 2007, workers at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in
Lacey were exposed to the lowest average radiation dose compared with their
counterparts at the 23 other U.S. sites with similar boiling water reactors,
federal data show.

In contrast, from 1998 through 2002, Oyster Creek workers had among the highest
occupational exposures to radiation, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission.

Last year, the nation's 35 boiling water reactors had the third lowest average
worker radiation dose ever, according to an e-mailed NRC statement.

I had a small part in this and I do hope they get their license renewed soon.

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« Reply #66 on: May 27, 2009, 11:51 »
License has been renewed.

If you want to make a lot of money as an EO, this is the place to be.  Overtime is in great abundance, because they can't seem to keep people for very long.

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« Reply #67 on: May 28, 2009, 07:51 »
License has been renewed.

If you want to make a lot of money as an EO, this is the place to be.  Overtime is in great abundance, because they can't seem to keep people for very long.

Unfortunately it isn't just EOs.
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« Reply #68 on: Aug 20, 2009, 12:31 »
What can an Oyster Creek new hire NEO expect as far as working conditions, pay - OT, opportunities for advancement, Exelon as a company, long-term. I would really appreciate any information anyone can provide. Thanks in advance.

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« Reply #69 on: Aug 20, 2009, 01:47 »
What can an Oyster Creek new hire NEO expect as far as working conditions, pay - OT, opportunities for advancement, Exelon as a company, long-term. I would really appreciate any information anyone can provide. Thanks in advance.

Something like this...

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« Reply #70 on: Jul 23, 2010, 02:02 »
Outage bkr to  bkr Nov 1st to Nov 25, 2010 (day before Thanksgiving).  A 40 year old plant with a 25 day outage, is it any wonder so many things are still broken.   :-\

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Re: Oyster Creek
« Reply #71 on: Feb 02, 2011, 11:56 »
Been hearing rumours about Oyster closing down in 2017 - any truth to this?  Anyone know anything?

I know they just got their License extension.
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« Reply #72 on: Aug 04, 2011, 10:01 »
Oyster Creek cut a deal to shutdown at the end of 2019 so they wouldn't have to build cooling towers.  The upcoming fight will be when will the decom start and how long will it take.  It seems Exelon prefers to wait until the license expires in 2029 to start decom and take 10 years to do it.  The state wants it to decom immediately after the final shutdown in 2019 and only take 3 years to clean the area up.

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« Reply #73 on: Aug 05, 2011, 09:45 »
Three years would certainly be a record.
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« Reply #74 on: Aug 08, 2011, 08:22 »
Yeah, but it's not like we've had hundreds of decommissionings to learn from.
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