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Title: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Carolina Jethro on Aug 27, 2002, 03:47
There is no such thing as a good cheap place to stay at Vermont Yankee...I stayed at West Village Motel. They have small cabins and efficiencies for around $200+ per week. Not a real nice place but clean and private. The leaf peepers may have all the weekends already tied up for the fall.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: littlebittime on Aug 28, 2002, 12:45
VY local area newspapers

Brattleboro Reformer = www.reformer.com  

Keene Sentinel = www.keenesentinel.com

Greenfield Recorder = http://www.recorder.com

Title: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Rennhack on Nov 30, 2002, 07:17
Don't forget to vote.  Keep your comments civil.
Title: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Rennhack on Nov 30, 2002, 09:01
Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: TamiTrueheart on Feb 17, 2003, 09:58
My most favorite place to work.
Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Phurst on Feb 25, 2003, 12:51
I was there for 6 weeks in '79 and I stopped in Brattleboro for a few days in 2001. My how the town hasn't changed. I met a girl there in '79 that told me we could shut down the plant. When I asked her what we could use for power she told me we could burn wood. I like the place and working there was fun, a nice family type place. I think it is a crime they are trying to shut it down.
Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Brigrat on Feb 25, 2003, 01:28
My guess is, that Ben & Jerry probably are sponsoring the anti-nuke movement.  They are notorious for supporting things that are detrimental to our country and our way of life.  Just for the record, I have been boycotting B&J for 3 years now.  There are lots of other good ice creams in the world.  : )
Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: HydroDave63 on Feb 25, 2003, 07:56
http://www.benjerry.com/foundation/grl.html

gives you a listing of all of the neat causes that BendOverJerry's Ice Cream is funding now, and in years past.
Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Rennhack on Feb 25, 2003, 09:21
Quote
http://www.benjerry.com/foundation/grl.html

gives you a listing of all of the neat causes that BendOverJerry's Ice Cream is funding now, and in years past.



Yep, right there...

Quote
Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment $1000
2582 Old First Street
Livermore, CA 94550
Tri-Valley CAREs is conducting a campaign to urge students and currently-employed scientists and engineers working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the nation's principal nuclear weapons design lab, to renounce work on nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction. Also, by educating science and engineering students at the University of California on the nature and extent of current nuclear weapons work at Livermore, they hope to counter LLNL's aggressive recruitment efforts and stem the flow of new talent into weapons work.
Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Brigrat on Feb 25, 2003, 09:34
Thanks for the good infor on B&J, like I said, now we have even more reasons to eat our favorite treat elsewhere.  These people really make me sick.  Not getting any of my money!!!
Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Chelios on Feb 26, 2003, 03:28
I thought we were talking about Vermoont Yankee, no Ben & Jerry's
Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: bigstew on Feb 26, 2003, 03:58
Here's a link to much of the trouble at VY. It's called the School for International Training and it's in Brattleboro.

http://www.sit.edu/index.html  

Here's some of the course work:
International Education
Language and Culture
NGOs and Civil Society
Peace and Conflict Transformation
Social Justice
Socially Responsible Management
Sustainable Development
Teacher Preparation

This place will use VY as a proving ground for protests; die-ins; love-ins;etc. If Raytheon or Mcdonnell Douglas were in town then they'd be the target for being corporate greed and injustice.
Instead it's VY just trying to churn out megawattts for the farmers and granola crunchers. Not that I don't like granola.
This 'school' used to run monthly demonstrations at VY as regular as clockwork when Seabrook was being targeted, too.

Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Carolina Jethro on Feb 26, 2003, 04:18
Super nice  people at VY... most of the people in area were pretty nice too. If I ever go on the road again this will be one of my first stops. If they just didn't talk so funny and if they would learn how to cook!  [smiley=wave.gif]
Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: jdstanford on Feb 27, 2003, 09:34
I worked the re-rack project at VY in the 80's.  I liked the plant.  I lived in Burlington from 1997 to 2001 and loved Lake Champlain.  If you work VY take a trip up to Burlington, great town.  On another note, Ben and Jerry no longer own Ben and Jerry's.  They sold out a couple of years ago to some conglomerate (the name was kept).  Ben and Jerry aren't even affiliated with the ice cream anymore because they didn't like some of the things the conglomerate wanted to do.  
Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: High_Rad_Drifter on Feb 27, 2003, 12:44
Well, I'm still boycotting B&J's 'cause it got me spited.  I promise that I'll never eat it again!  By the way, I think that the folks at VY are really nice when this 'ol southern boy falls on the ice up there.  They hardly laugh at all.
Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: HydroDave63 on Feb 27, 2003, 05:40
I am curious how the change in ownership has affected working conditions and hiring practices...does anyone have any specific knowledge?
Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Pet_Cow on Feb 28, 2003, 04:58
Ben and Jerry's is not owned by B&J. They were bought out  by Unilever in August of 2000. By agreement Unilever must give money to the B&J foundation. The irony of this was at Seattle- Unilever was represented at the WTO meeting. Money from the B&J foundation was used to finance protesters of Unilever.

I give to the general B&J foundation via my long distance company-Working Assets which donates part of my bill to "chic liberal" causes. I also get a discount on leftist books such as Michael Moore's best seller "Stupid White Men" and they will send out a prewritten mailing to my Senators and Rep. on important legislation for a token fee.
Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: retired nuke on Sep 02, 2003, 05:19
;DJust thought I'd put in a plug while folks have the fall planned, and are looking at the spring outages. VY will be replacing several feedwater heaters, and the HP turbine this outage, in preparation for power upgrade. Tentatively scheduled for April, expected to last 30-35 days. :D

The ski season should be about over :), so housing should be available. Last outage was "foliage season" and some folks had a hard time with the hotels. :P

For those that have been to VY before, the "GO Cards" are no longer. :'( That program has ended, and there is not a replacement for contractors.

RP contract is still Numco as far as I know, but the home office handles everything. The local office is closing, and the lady there was hired by Security.

I think VY will be looking for 55+ techs ;D, with a lot of low dose work in the turbine bldg ;). Hope that enough folks come, it sure is better on everyone when there are enough people to go around. ;D ;D
Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: rad_rider on Sep 04, 2003, 09:20
Was there in '97, was a great place to work, the crew I was on was there for hydrolazing.Worked with some great guys, the plant people treat you well. the area is tight on places to stay, when the outage falls in the off season( non -snow,no leaf peepers) you can get good deals at the resorts. I ended up in Keene N.H., but the drive wasn't bad. it is a good place to visit.
Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: justme on Jan 17, 2004, 03:11
Just heard from Numanco that the pay has dropped for VY between 2.50 and 5.00 dollars.  This is also at all entergy plants.  You think pay would go up, not down.  But they will probably staff at the lower rate anyway, which will hurt us all.  Any comments?
Title: Re: Talk About: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Carolina Jethro on Jan 17, 2004, 03:18
The pay and incentives that VY use to have was one of the reasons I always went back. The people there were real nice but  the cost of living would keep me away if they dropped the pay rate. I hate to see Entergy ruin a great plant to work at. If that is the route they want to go... "Just say NO!" 
Title: Entergy Lowering pay???
Post by: justme on Jan 21, 2004, 02:46
Any news on Entergy lowering its pay rate for all its plants.  I know VY is shutting down soon and it was told to techs that the pay was cut , and bonuses cut.  True????  Any info welcome.
Title: Re: Entergy Lowering pay???
Post by: Carolina Jethro on Jan 21, 2004, 04:17
Numanco recently called checking on my availability for going back to VY... and even though I am doing DOE now she did tell me that the pay and bonuses had been cut to the "standard" Entergy pay scale. She said they were having a hard time staffing and with the cost of living in that area I would imagine it won't get staffed unless Entergy wakes up and smells the coffee.I use to turn down work at my hometown plant to go there because I made more money there. Great plant, super people, but if you can't make the money it is just not worth it! Another case of " Just say NO!"
Title: Re: Entergy Lowering pay???
Post by: wondertech on Jan 22, 2004, 12:04
I inquired about three Entergy sites( ANO, GG & VY) and got three different pay rates. The only thing they have in common is no bonus. It seems that Entergy South and Entergy North are not yet on the same page.
Title: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Camella Black on Apr 08, 2004, 05:44
If anyone has a favorite hang out, place to shop, or local information for this area please post it here.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: UncaBuffalo on Apr 09, 2004, 08:24
Go down to the Iron Horse for good live music...
Title: Re: Entergy Lowering pay???
Post by: Broadzilla on Jul 17, 2004, 01:19
VY just applied for Extended Power Uprate and a License Extension. They aren't shutting down any time soon.

Mike
Title: Re: Entergy Lowering pay???
Post by: rabbit on Jul 17, 2004, 11:35
Fermi2,

I believe the "shut down" applied to the outage VY had this spring.
Title: Re: Entergy Lowering pay???
Post by: Broadzilla on Jul 18, 2004, 01:07
OH :) Ok I'm sorry!

Mike
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: SlattManDu on Nov 05, 2004, 06:52
Nice area and good people at the plant. Though the Diem is a bit low for what you have to pay for lodging in the area.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: RAD-GHOST on Nov 06, 2004, 08:18
Less Pay = Stay Away!
Title: Re: Entergy Lowering pay???
Post by: radman5030 on Nov 22, 2004, 01:05
Well there's still food stamps, you can't get enough time in to get unemployment.  Maybe get free govt. housing at the sites for the 12 day outages.

Just think if you can stack up 3 outages for the fall and 3 for the spring you can work 2 or maybe even 3 months a year. 

What a great idea they have to cut pay, that will help supply the outages with the techs they need.
Title: Buncha new house jobs at VY
Post by: retired nuke on Jun 27, 2005, 08:10
Postings hit the street @ www.entergy.com - careers link is at top of web page

Chem Tech
Mechanic
I&C Tech
RP

Multiple openings for each job.

Get your foot in the door in the Entergy System

Good luck all
Title: Re: Buncha new house jobs at VY - Updated instructions
Post by: retired nuke on Jun 27, 2005, 02:50
Hope this is helpful to those looking for permanent work - it's not often that this many house jobs open up at a time.

Position Title            Department         Requisition Number   Expires        

Plant Mechanics / Electrical (2)      Electrical Maintenance      100780         7/11/05

Plant Mechanic / Mechanical      Mechanical Maintenance   100705         7/11/05

Technical Specialist IV         Maintenance Support      045431         7/11/05
   (Switchyard Maintenance Coordinator)
Control Instrument Specialists (2)   I & C            100442         7/11/05
Chemistry Technicians (2)      Chemistry         100732         7/11/05
RP Technicians ( 8 )         RP            100620         7/11/05
Fire Protection Engineer         System Engineering      100878         7/11/05
Sr Technical Instructors / I & C (2)   Training            100200         7/11/05
Instructor / Operations (3)      Training            100297         7/11/05
   
External Candidate Application Steps:

   1.   Go to www.entergy.com

   2.   Click on Careers

   3.   Select Job Postings Page

   4.   Click on View Job Postings/Apply for Job

   5.   Input the Requisition number

      6.   Click on Search

      7.   Place a checkmark in the box marked Job Basket

      8.   Click on Apply for Jobs in Basket

   9.   By placing a checkmark in the box marked Nuclear (ENO) candidates can view all of the          current ENO postings.

   10.   To continue further in the application process, follow the steps noted in the E Recruit "Apply      to a Requisition" Guide (link below.)
      
   Link for the "E Recruit Apply to a Requisition" Guide:
   http://hra.entergy.com/default.aspx?pagename=nuclearne_vy
               (You'll find this guide under the "How To" column on the VY HR Intranet Site.)

In addition to the E Recruit Help Desk (1-800-231-4481), feel free to call Nancy Blake (4130) or Jon Lastra (External Staffing Consultant - 504-576-7220) for further assistance.
Title: Re: Buncha new house jobs at VY
Post by: PauleyRL on Jul 10, 2005, 09:25
I applied to 2 of those jobs at least a month ago and I check my status at the website it says.  050-route......What exactly does that mean?
Title: Re: Buncha new house jobs at VY
Post by: uncledoka on Jul 11, 2005, 09:05
PauleyRL,

To the best of my knowledge (and we're all still trying to figure out the Entergy way) that "050-route" code indicates that one has made the "first cut" and the resume' has been forwarded down to New Orleans or Jackson HR.  This would indicate that your qualifications meet the requisition.  The next step is to determine whom to interview.

Uncledoka
Title: Re: Buncha new house jobs at VY
Post by: SloGlo on Jul 13, 2005, 06:03
are these jobs still open?  rumor has it that they are closed, at least the hp types.
Title: Re: Buncha new house jobs at VY
Post by: retired nuke on Jul 13, 2005, 10:07
They only stay listed for 2 weeks. If you missed the window, try the phone number in the posting, and maybe there is another way to get the resume in.
Title: Buncha new house jobs at VY
Post by: Fermione on Aug 02, 2005, 11:39
Hi Everyone,
Just wondering if anyone has been contacted in regards to the VY RP job psotings?
Fermione
Title: Re: Buncha new house jobs at VY
Post by: Melrose on Aug 02, 2005, 11:51
PauleyRL,

To the best of my knowledge (and we're all still trying to figure out the Entergy way) that "050-route" code indicates that one has made the "first cut" and the resume' has been forwarded down to New Orleans or Jackson HR.  This would indicate that your qualifications meet the requisition.  The next step is to determine whom to interview.

Uncledoka

Doka!!!
Hey man, didn't know you were still out there.  Hadn't been back since you had your heart attack.  Hope you're doing well.  Good to hear you guys are hiring, wish it would've happened years ago.
Tell Kevin Gordon, Tony B., Terri, Kevin S., Desilits, Guido and the rest of the crowd I said, "Hello".

Take care
Title: Re: Buncha new house jobs at VY
Post by: pappy on Aug 02, 2005, 02:56
Don't know how Entergy is acting now, but I sent resume at Grand Gulf, Had phone discussion, went to interview while workingas contractor at ANO. THEN I got a 'form" postcard to my home address saying thanks for resume , but no positions available, Dated for the day before I actually did the interveiw. Never did figure that one out. Never got a thanks for interveiw, but.....had to talk to others to find out if the positions ever got filled.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: retired nuke on Nov 30, 2005, 11:58
OK folks, the hiring freeze seems to be over for now - Entergy just reopened postings for  Electricians, and RP Techs on their website www.entergy.com
I&C tech posting is supposed to be coming soon.

Good luck.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Mike_Koehler on Mar 08, 2006, 04:34
They also (like Pittsburgh) need a guide for furiners to learn the language. I can't tell you how many times I heard this exact sentence. " I prolly got suhnin I otta tell ya." And you don't ever say the t in Vermont. And words that end in a vowel all have an r added to the end and words that end in consonants often have the last consonant dropped. Just my left coast observations.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: LaFeet on Mar 08, 2006, 07:10
Mc Neill's Brewery's  at 90 Elliot St has their on beers (I think some 30 different flavors) and provides sandwiches.  Excellent beer and atmosphere.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: LaFeet on Mar 08, 2006, 07:42
Entergy is hiring, but they dont allways answer their phones.

Riverbend, Vermont Yankee, Fitzpatrick and Pilgrim all were trying to fill in slots....
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: LaFeet on Mar 21, 2006, 06:37
Any one know how Tony B is doing??
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Roll Tide on May 01, 2006, 12:26
I keep seeing the power increase in the news.

What a PR nightmare; who would declare, "We are at 115% power and holding"? Do they not realize how this sounds to people that got their nuclear power information from Fonda (or else stayed at a Holiday Inn Express).

Why not declare what the new power limit is, then explain that they are at 83% of rated power, which was the old power limit.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: nukefan88 on Aug 22, 2006, 10:49
 The Techs are great.The area is also.The only plant I would go house in again.The general public are VERY anti-nuke.Brattleboro is a fun little town, just watch out for the alternative life stylers.
Title: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Fermione on Aug 23, 2006, 06:36
I was there again for the last faalls outage.  Still a nice place to work but it will never be the same without the Rodent, Remy, or Guido! 
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: VY84 on Nov 18, 2006, 05:45
Why not declare what the new power limit is, then explain that they are at 83% of rated power, which was the old power limit.

because all of the anti-nukers like it this way.   ::)
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: RRhoads on Jan 10, 2007, 04:20
what is the number of House RP techs at VY??
not incld ALARA & the like...just straight up house RP ops techs are there??
thx.!
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: retired nuke on Jan 10, 2007, 07:55
Interesting question, because there are only shift qualified RP techs there. The folks that work in Instruments, RW, ALARA, etc maintain their quals for shift, and can be reassigned at management's discretion.

Currently 14 fully qualified  (just lost 1 to training)
8 newbies that are 99 44/100 % qualified - final sign-off in progress

Of the 14 - 3 in RW, 2 in Inst, 2 in ALARA, 4 (should be 6) on rotating shift, 1 on FIN team, 1 assigned as Maint Liason, 1 assigned to the checkpoint to do everything.....

Of the 8 - assignments are pending, a couple to shift, others spread out to get ready for our outage in May.

we should have some more openings by the end of the year.... :D
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: RRhoads on Jan 10, 2007, 08:20
interesting....cuz i was just wondering from a single unit BWR perspective...soooo....sounds like 22 for the dept??
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Showme T. Money on Jan 10, 2007, 10:13
John, who took the training job?
Bill
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: retired nuke on Jan 10, 2007, 10:16
our resident thespian - Jack

I think he'll be good at it.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Old HP on Jan 11, 2007, 05:51
Had hoped to return to VY for the outage, but also have a rule of NEVER working at the same plant for less money, missed the last outage for the same reason.  But now they are planning on raising the minimum wage so things should get better!!!
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: SloGlo on Jan 16, 2007, 09:40
" I prolly got suhnin I otta tell ya."

'n yer furs response shood be "eye yam all eers."  rite affer yinz axe iffen dey gots enny sirrop to go wit dis breckfas.   ;)
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: illegalsmile on Jan 17, 2007, 08:48
rite affer yinz axe iffen dey gots enny sirrop to go wit dis breckfas.   ;)
enny self-respektin' yankie noz its 'syrp' or 'surp'
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: lowlrc on Jan 26, 2007, 02:52
. " I prolly got suhnin I otta tell ya." .
I've lived in N.E. all my life and can't figure this one out.
I've got the I otta tell ya part but what the hell is the prolly got suhnin?? Please translate.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: cairnit on Jan 27, 2007, 05:39
translation = I probably have something I aught to tell you.  :)
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: fueldryer on Feb 05, 2007, 12:42
The Greenfield Inn will do a special rate of $49.00 per night. 
General manager Homer Borromeo
Watch out for ole Homer,past dealings when it was Ho-Jo's. He can be a sleeze-bag at times..
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Mike_Koehler on Feb 06, 2007, 03:21
I've lived in N.E. all my life and can't figure this one out.
I've got the I otta tell ya part but what the hell is the prolly got suhnin?? Please translate.
The translation you got was accurate, The quote comes from the NW Mass/SW Vermon' border arear.

Mike
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: LaFeet on Mar 11, 2007, 03:30
Look forward to another jaunt up there  (a  yuh).  Hope to be able to see more of the region before leaving this time.  Besides, this place has the best food onsite.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Mike McFarlin on Mar 11, 2007, 09:01
How ya been? Going back for sure?
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: dilligaf on Mar 13, 2007, 01:34


                    You may want to try some of the ski chalets in the area... With the ski season wrapping up you might find a decent deal... They are fully equipped...

              Be aware housing is expensive and difficult to find in that area...

              BTW, VY is one of the best plants to work at. 8)
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: LaFeet on Apr 14, 2007, 05:56
How ya been? Going back for sure?

Yeah  got my acceptance letter and report date... that is if Pilgrim is gonna let us out on time.  Looking forward to working with Doug Bruce again... and days as well.

Gotta love that cafeteria there, probably the best in the business
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: bremstralung on Aug 15, 2007, 01:01
Looks like a strike!!! Retiree benefits and wages seem to be the issues. Lowest paid in the Northeast. Has anyone been called?
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: retired nuke on Aug 15, 2007, 02:50
Yep, 2.75% COL, increase in insurance costs, big thanks from the bosses for a 545 day record run....If you get called, please stay home. Details and updates in the next day or so - union voted to strike if the negotiating committee didn't bring back an acceptable offer - no further vote needed at this point. ;)

http://www.geocities.com/ibewl300u8/

The web page is getting updated as we learn to do it....nobody here as skilled as Mike... :(

Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: ramdog_1 on Aug 15, 2007, 04:52
humm smells like more work if they go out.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Nuclear NASCAR on Aug 15, 2007, 06:29
Best of luck HouseDad.  Sounds like no good going unpunished as usual. 
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Rennhack on Aug 15, 2007, 07:35
http://www.geocities.com/ibewl300u8/
Your site nees a link to NukeWorker by the other links.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: retired nuke on Aug 15, 2007, 08:52
Your site nees a link to NukeWorker by the other links.

Yer right, of course, as soon as I can figger out how.... :P
yahoo pagebuilder isn't working on my computer, so I am fighting html.....and not well :-\

I'll get it on ASAP ;)

Thanks Mike ;D
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: techtoolong on Aug 15, 2007, 09:06
Good Luck HouseDad and everyone else at V.Y. I will keep my ears open and E-mail if any calls go out.  Watching Your Back Old Friend
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: retired nuke on Aug 15, 2007, 09:13
Thanks C :)
Appreciate it

J
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Rennhack on Aug 16, 2007, 04:02
Is it flu season in Vernon? ;)
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: LaFeet on Aug 17, 2007, 11:31
Best of Luck  House Dad..... I hate to think that they would not make a decent offer.... good lord lnows you guys deserve it just having to put up with the local newspaper.

Hope to return and work there again...
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Mike_Koehler on Aug 23, 2007, 09:15
Any progress yet on the contract????
We went through the same type of thing with the benefits here at Hanford in our last contract...At least your union leadership seems to be trying to listen to you instead of jamming an unsatisfactory contract down your throats...... Good luck!!!!!

Mike
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: retired nuke on Aug 23, 2007, 10:00
Contract offer rejected.  :o
Union gave mgmt another 72 hours......to come up with better. :P

Not sure I'm believing this .....we should be walking, I think.  :-\
All I can do at this point is let the negotiating committee do it's work, evaluate the offer, and vote. I was out of town for the vote this week,  :-[ I'll be present for the next...
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Mike_Koehler on Aug 23, 2007, 11:37
All I can say is good luck!!!!!! Keep us posted!!!!!!

Mike
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: fueldryer on Aug 23, 2007, 08:28
I was on strike for 5 months back in 1988.All the people who "didn't" vote (for whatever reason)on the contract offer were the one's that did the most bitching.So I think that if it means that much to the effected party that they would vote regardless.If you've never been through a strike, I wish you good luck,it ain't woth it.You end up losing more then you gain...Just remember one thing..."I Believe Every Word" it's not just a saying....
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: retired nuke on Aug 25, 2007, 06:11
Negotiations still in progress....
Workers are doing an informational picket across the street from the negotiations
Entergy sure is a bunch of cheap bastages..... :P

I don't think VY will ever be the same, whether we walk or not - the whole easy relationship we always had between craft and management is pretty much shot.... :-\

http://geocities.com/ibewl300u8/
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Carolina Jethro on Aug 25, 2007, 09:36
That is a shame... I have not been there since Entergy took over but I know it used to be a great place to work. The techs and management treated me very well. That and the little bonuses that Entergy took away was the only thing they had going for them... The cost of living and anti-everything mentality around Brattleborodid not make it a great place to live. Good Luck to all y'all
 
                                                                                                    Russell
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: fueldryer on Aug 25, 2007, 08:42
Negotiations still in progress....
Workers are doing an informational picket across the street from the negotiations
Entergy sure is a bunch of cheap bastages..... :P

I don't think VY will ever be the same, whether we walk or not - the whole easy relationship we always had between craft and management is pretty much shot.... :-\

http://geocities.com/ibewl300u8/
Is Entergy really cheap or are the "workers" just greedy?If you were part of management would you still feel they were cheap? Be honest with yourself..
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: illegalsmile on Aug 26, 2007, 07:55
tru. maybe Entergy is just exercizing that good old "yankee thrift" with respect to things like workers' wages, health insurance, retirement, etc. this will leave them more money for important things like CEO salaries, BoD Compensation, private jets, expense accounts.......
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: fueldryer on Aug 26, 2007, 09:14
Whatever....Just keep believing "Every Word" the union tells you (they'd never lie to you)and you'll be ok..peace out..
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: vikingfan on Aug 27, 2007, 08:39
anyone privvy to the latest on the cooling tower incident ???
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: stownsend on Aug 27, 2007, 10:34
read the Nuclear news post on Nukeworker
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Nuclear NASCAR on Aug 27, 2007, 12:05
http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070824/NEWS01/708240311/1009/NEWS05
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Rennhack on Aug 27, 2007, 12:20
http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070824/NEWS01/708240311/1009/NEWS05

Wow!
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: retired nuke on Aug 27, 2007, 02:13
http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070824/NEWS01/708240311/1009/NEWS05
Yeah, it's ugly - and the day before, there were people standing up there evaluating the noise from the fan...... :-\
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: LaFeet on Aug 27, 2007, 06:40
Did I do That????

Hey HouseDad  let me know if ya need some help
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Rennhack on Aug 28, 2007, 04:24
Just keep " Believing Every Word"
This thread is getting off topic.  Off topic messages will be deleted.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: stownsend on Aug 29, 2007, 08:29
Congratulations on the contract vote.I hope you all got what you wanted.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: CoastalCaptainJack on Apr 05, 2008, 09:39
If anyone has a favorite hang out, place to shop, or local information for this area please post it here.

Great Chinese food on the hill on the left going out of town.  Super 8 Motel was ok. My wife liked the very, very small outlet mall in Brattleboro.  She loved the much Larger outlets that was north of there.  She spent too much of my $$$. LOL  Basketville is about 2 or 3 exits north on the interstate.  She wants to live up there year round.  Better buy another lottery ticket, hon!  LOL
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: DunnJH4 on Jul 28, 2008, 11:53
Just wondering what everybody means by Vernon having a high cost of living. Am I way off when research told me about 97-99% national average for COL?   That sounds good to me. I have never lived near a power plant or industrialized area, but ~107% in Va Beach, and 143% in Northern Virginia when I grew up make 97% sound friggin awesome! Adding a lot of money over my Navy pay, and I will feel RICH!         
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Laundry Man on Jul 29, 2008, 08:12
Congratulations!  I interviewed there in January and didn't get offered the position I applied for.  Yeah!  Since that time I interviewed and accepted my current position in Springfield MA and could not be happier.  VY did call me and offer a different position in the same department, all we need is to update you references etc. and we will hire you today.  Well since I no longer have e-plan duty, no on call weekends, no outages, etc. it was a no brainer saying thank you but no thanks.  The money would have been a little better at VY but a lot more free time at work and the wife will be closer to civilization.  We are about 15 miles to Amhearst, Springfield, and tons of stuff to do.  Enjoy VY, used to be the best place to work.
LM
Title: Vermont Yankee 2008 Outage
Post by: bruin42 on Aug 26, 2008, 02:12
I will be coming to the outage and was wondering what are the shut down and start up dates?
I am just trying to get a ballpark idea.  Thanks if anyone there can help!
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee 2008 Outage
Post by: Lorrie Henson on Aug 26, 2008, 08:17
I will be coming to the outage and was wondering what are the shut down and start up dates?
I am just trying to get a ballpark idea.  Thanks if anyone there can help!

If you are going to work the outage, your recruiter should have this information.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: bruin42 on Aug 26, 2008, 05:11
No they just gave me a report date.  I have left a message with my recruiter but have not yet had a reply, but she will call, she really good about that.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee 2008 Outage
Post by: vikingfan on Aug 27, 2008, 01:42
I will be coming to the outage and was wondering what are the shut down and start up dates?
I am just trying to get a ballpark idea.  Thanks if anyone there can help!


research goes a long way..... 1/4 of a nano second i found this info....shut down scheduled for 10-12-08 for 22 days. not sure what outfit your working with... that being said they should be telling you what your dates are.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: bruin42 on Aug 28, 2008, 12:58
research goes a long way..... 1/4 of a nano second i found this info....shut down scheduled for 10-12-08 for 22 days. not sure what outfit your working with... that being said they should be telling you what your dates are.


Sorry I didn't let everyone know, but my recruiter called and told me what I needed to know Tuesday afternoon.  The shut down date has changed (10/18), and the days have been lengthened a few days (28).  By the way, you must have a real good high speed internet service.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Old HP on Sep 30, 2008, 03:30
Noticed that they are offering a completion bonus at VY.  Add that to the pay rate and they are almost up to what they were paying 6 years ago.
I liked the area and the people at the plant but have missed a number of outages as a result of my practice of never going back to a plant to work for less money than the last time.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Melrose on Oct 01, 2008, 07:17
Noticed that they are offering a completion bonus at VY.  Add that to the pay rate and they are almost up to what they were paying 6 years ago.
I liked the area and the people at the plant but have missed a number of outages as a result of my practice of never going back to a plant to work for less money than the last time.

Back in the day..... VY was the place to work, for the money and the people.  The people are the only reason to go now, the guys that were there in the early nineties, ....'scuse me and the girl, sorry Terri.  They set the standard for RP pay, hate it that they dropped behind.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Laundry Man on Oct 01, 2008, 08:36
For any of you old timers at VY, I just this email.

Subject: Loss of a friend - Holly (Wentworth) DePaolis
Holly (Wentworth) DePaolis died on Thursday, September 25, following a long illness.  Holly was a contractor at VY starting as an RP Tech during the recirc outage in 1985 and continuing through the mid-1990’s. 
A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 3 from 2:30 – 5:30 at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles on Chickering Drive in Brattleboro.  A cold buffet will be served.  Holly’s family has extended an invitation to the VY family to attend. 
Additional details about Holly’s life are available in the September 29 edition of the Brattleboro Reformer. 
Our deepest sympathy is extended to Holly’s family.
Prayers to her family.
LM
Title: Looking for some advice to apply for job at Entergy
Post by: empills on Feb 22, 2009, 03:06
I am a former nuke electrician with 9 1/2 years in the navy plus 10 months as a field tech for an electrical manufacturing company installing and repairing switchgear and breakers. I am looking to apply for an Electrical Supervisor job with Entergy at Vermont Yankee and am looking for any advice that would be helpful to nail down the job. Also what is Entergy like to work for and what is Vermont Yankee like. Thanks in advance for any help and advice you give.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Xenon_Free on Feb 22, 2009, 06:29
Entergy is a good company to work for AFAIK.  Vermont Yankee is a smaller plant that has recently uprated its power - and had a partial cooling tower collapse a year or two ago.  If offered a position as an electrical supervisor with so little industry experience, you should take it and learn all you can.  BTW, I wouldn't limit yourself to one plant right out of the Nav, that is a critical mistake a lot of ex-nukes make - yes you are in demand but your skills are not so unique that they'll never find another to hire instead of you.  Of course, that is my opinion.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee - Rad Protection Manager
Post by: retired nuke on Mar 04, 2009, 11:33
VY just posted for an RPM - any takers.... :-X

We promise to be nice, at least until the shiny wears off..... ;)

Seriously, some new blood would be good for the place.... :)
Title: Operator Positions
Post by: retired nuke on Apr 02, 2009, 08:28
Entergy just posted 8 operator positions - they'll show up on Nukeworker soon, but I thought I'd give it a bump. Go to the utility website, and search under careers.
 :)
Title: VT Flooding
Post by: Blah Blah Blah on Aug 29, 2011, 04:50
How are our Vermont Yankee friends doing? The flooding from Irene is looking especially destructive in VT... saw some Reuters photos from downtown Brattleboro. Please keep us updated, our thoughts & prayers are with the plant & it's employees.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: retired nuke on Aug 29, 2011, 08:01
Plant did fine. Ct River is flowing at 100000 CFS +.
Brattleboro, and many small towns north of the plant got flooded by rain runoff - kinda like spring only worse...
A few employees have home damage. Some haven't been able to get to work. Western Mass is also hard hit in places. I-91 & Rt 2 in MA, Rt 9 in VT are closed in places. Management is reminding everyone to be careful, make sure priorities are right. If your family isn't safe, you shouldn't be at work...

Thanks for the good wishes... Vy spirit will get us through...
 8)
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Laundry Man on Sep 01, 2011, 11:26
See you on Safety Day.
LM
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: nukecheese on Sep 01, 2011, 02:20
We've already sent you Dorie.  What else can we do? :)
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: retired nuke on Jan 19, 2012, 08:57
http://www.reformer.com/latestnews/ci_19776226?nstrack=sid:75240|met:300|cat:0|order:1 (http://www.reformer.com/latestnews/ci_19776226?nstrack=sid:75240|met:300|cat:0|order:1)

Well, I got my other Christmas wish today - The Judge says we can stay running..... I'm sure appeals will follow, but the State of Vermont doesn't have a real good understanding of Constitutional Law.... being that they are Socialists....

 8)
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Rennhack on Jan 20, 2012, 03:11
http://www.reformer.com/latestnews/ci_19776226?nstrack=sid:75240|met:300|cat:0|order:1 (http://www.reformer.com/latestnews/ci_19776226?nstrack=sid:75240|met:300|cat:0|order:1)

Well, I got my other Christmas wish today - The Judge says we can stay running..... I'm sure appeals will follow, but the State of Vermont doesn't have a real good understanding of Constitutional Law.... being that they are Socialists....

 8)

I love you man, don't ever change.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Laundry Man on Jan 23, 2012, 08:52
Excellent news!
LM
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: LaFeet on Jan 23, 2012, 10:01
Oh what the heck... think you guys could use me up there again??  :)
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: GLW on Aug 24, 2013, 10:00
Oh what the heck... think you guys could use me up there again??  :)

maybe,...

Entergy expects workforce reduction

http://theadvocate.com/news/6527262-123/entergy-estimates-quarterly-earnings

...In an earnings forecast that’s less than half what it was a year ago, Entergy, the largest corporation based in Louisiana, said its second-quarter results will include expenses associated with its “human capital management strategic imperative.”...

...“We have a number of companywide strategic imperatives underway examining how we meet both the challenges and opportunities of today’s business realities,” company spokesman Chanel Lagarde said in the brief statement.

“One specific initiative is focused on finding ways to increase efficiencies in all parts of our business.

“We do expect workforce reductions to be one result of this initiative.”....


 :-\ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: retired nuke on Aug 27, 2013, 09:56
Another one bites the dust - we are on our last cycle...
 :(
the last Yankee

Even running well can't compete with the current economy / power market...
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Laundry Man on Aug 27, 2013, 10:18
Unbelievable.  Those idiots in Montpelier are getting their way one way or another.  If power prices head north the way they have in California, hope the politicians pay with their jobs.  I enjoyed each and every day I workedat VY over the years.  A very sad day indeed.
LM
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: ksheed12 on Aug 27, 2013, 10:43
In case you haven't read it yet.

http://www.wwlp.com/news/local/franklin/vermont-yankee-nuclear-plant-to-shut-down-by-end-of-2014 (http://www.wwlp.com/news/local/franklin/vermont-yankee-nuclear-plant-to-shut-down-by-end-of-2014)
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: btkeele on Aug 27, 2013, 11:44
The sad part is that just like at Songs, the same people who are wanting to shut down the Nuclear Power plants are the same ones screaming about global warming..or climate change whichever they are using these days.  Hey morons, you are shutting down the best electricity generation option that produces no greenhouse gasses.   They just don't get it.
I was always amazed in SoCal that they were so worried about Songs, yet they did not seem too concerned about the millions of cars that passed it everyday on I5 with 1 occupant in them.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Marlin on Aug 27, 2013, 12:22
   Sorry to see VY go it was my first commercial plant out of the Navy in 79'. It had a bad batch of fuel and I got the opportunity to operate the fuel sipping panel and draw samples for analysis, do Rad coverage on a real nasty refuel floor, operate the GeLi and other count room equipment, and ship radwaste. There is no way in the current regulatory environment that it would be possible for a green ex-navy nuke do that today when you are only in for a short outage. VY made my transition to commercial very easy there was a very good group of techs there.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: roadhp on Aug 28, 2013, 01:14
http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/vermont-yankee-closure-could-bring-economic-blow-to-local-towns/article_60572b36-2f02-545e-b0b3-86aa63a964de.html

Unbelievable.  Those idiots in Montpelier are getting their way one way or another.  If power prices head north the way they have in California, hope the politicians pay with their jobs.  I enjoyed each and every day I workedat VY over the years.  A very sad day indeed.
LM

Watch what you wish for...
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: ksheed12 on Aug 28, 2013, 01:50
http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/vermont-yankee-closure-could-bring-economic-blow-to-local-towns/article_60572b36-2f02-545e-b0b3-86aa63a964de.html

Watch what you wish for...


Reminds me of the old saying, "You've made your bed, now lie in it."
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Higgs on Aug 28, 2013, 03:50
I'm sorry for your loss, VY employees.  :'(


Justin
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Laundry Man on Aug 29, 2013, 08:25
http://www.sentinelsource.com/news/local/vermont-yankee-closure-could-bring-economic-blow-to-local-towns/article_60572b36-2f02-545e-b0b3-86aa63a964de.html

Watch what you wish for...


My parents lived in Vermont for many years as did I.  Not any longer.
LM
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: hoghunter on Aug 30, 2013, 12:25
I'm sad to hear another plant goes down! I had my first then Jr. HP job there in 1987 at 5$ and 30 a day diem. I enjoyed working there and the area was nice to even though I feel that maybe Brattleboro missed it's calling and should have been in the state of California.LOL. Good luck to those who work there and remember the good times
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Creeker on Sep 05, 2013, 06:13
My biggest condolances for the workers at VY.  As I see the plants close, I can't help but think that any of us could be next.  Mismanagement, or a costly maintenance error, an unplanned reactivity excursion, a harsh political environment, an environmental hit...  Where I used to believe that we were all secure, and I'd have a job here until I retired, I now feel apprehension.  So, my heart goes out to you folks...  Best of luck in your futures!
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: GLW on Nov 11, 2013, 03:55
Another one bites the dust - we are on our last cycle...
 :(
the last Yankee

Even running well can't compete with the current economy / power market...

With DnD looming,....

Did you guys ever find those missing fuel rod segments that were reported as being unaccounted for back in the Spring of 2004?

I'm getting flashbacks to one of those little "oddities" when we were DnDing Rowe's SFP,...

Just thought I'd ask,... :-\
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: retired nuke on Nov 11, 2013, 01:48
Yes, we found them shortly after notifying that they were "missing".
Currently inventoried, and all set...
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: retired nuke on Dec 29, 2014, 12:18
Well,
VY is offline
http://www.reformer.com/localnews/ci_27220932/vermont-yankee-nuclear-power-station-completes-final-operating (http://www.reformer.com/localnews/ci_27220932/vermont-yankee-nuclear-power-station-completes-final-operating)
End of the best plant I've ever worked
 :(
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Laundry Man on Dec 30, 2014, 09:28
Must have been strange going in this morning knowing it will never be restarted.  Bobby still there?
LM
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Bonds 25 on Jan 02, 2015, 01:17
 :'(

What is wrong with this country  >:(
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: Radwraith on Jan 02, 2015, 09:08
:'(

What is wrong with this country  >:(
The fact that Schumlin got reelected should tell you everything you need to know about Vermont! [BH] [oops] [lies] [train]
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: HydroDave63 on Feb 11, 2015, 10:43
Rates will keep going up...


http://www.publicpower.org/Media/daily/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=43146&sthash.GdwBtm20.mjjo (http://www.publicpower.org/Media/daily/ArticleDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=43146&sthash.GdwBtm20.mjjo)

Latest auction results show New England capacity market is not working, says municipal utility official

From the February 11, 2015 issue of Public Power Daily

By Jeannine Anderson
News Editor

Electricity consumers in New England are being hurt by the centralized capacity market being run by ISO New England, the head of Kennebunk Light and Power in Maine said Feb. 9.

The latest auction – Forward Capacity Auction 9, which began on Feb. 2 – will increase the region’s costs by $1 billion, said Sharon Staz, general manager and treasurer of Kennebunk Light and Power, and former chair of the Northeast Public Power Association’s Legislative Committee.

“Consumers we serve are alarmingly concerned about the increasing costs of the ISO New England capacity markets,” Staz said in her Feb. 9 statement. “The region saw a 300 percent cost increase in last year’s capacity auction [Forward Capacity Auction 8], and this week’s auction price will increase regional costs by $1 billion more.”

 These capacity costs “translate to real dollars on our customers’ utility bills, which are already 48 percent higher in New England than any other part of the country,” Staz explained.

“To put this in context: with capacity costs at $4 billion, New England ratepayers are paying the equivalent of running four Nuclear Regulatory Commissions,” she said. “Meanwhile, the market has little to show for these cost increases, and some areas of the region won’t even meet needed demand.”

“Some may say that this market is working, but we do not believe it is working for consumers,” Staz concluded.
 
On Jan. 29, more than a dozen  members of Congress from New England wrote to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), asking it to re-examine the results of ISO New England’s Forward Capacity Auction 8, which took place a year ago.

“We are writing to reiterate our concerns regarding electricity prices in the New England region,” said the lawmakers. “The continued increase of rates across the New England region is alarming.”

“Further, with Forward Capacity Auction 9 scheduled to take place on Feb. 2, 2015, we ask that the Commission closely monitor the upcoming auction and consider the impact of rate prices on consumers in deciding whether to certify the results later this year,” they added.
Title: Re: Vermont Yankee
Post by: ipregen on Mar 04, 2016, 07:56
More reductions
http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/03/vermont_yankee_to_terminate_97.html