Workers at Progress Energy Nuclear Plants Reject Union

Electrical workers group had sought to unionize 700 employees at Harris plant, two others.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Employees at three Progress Energy nuclear power plants in the Carolinas rejected an attempt to unionize them by a vote of 499-157.

Seven hundred workers were eligible to vote. The results were disclosed on Friday.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers had tried to organize workers at the Harris plant in Wake County as well as the Brunswick plant near Southport, N.C. and the Robinson plant neart Hartsville, S.C.

"We are very pleased that our Carolinas employees have decided that they do not want or need union representation," said Bill Johnson, president and chief operating officer of Progress Energy, in a statement. "I am more confident than ever in the people and the future of Progress Energy."

The union filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board in May to try to organize the plants’ non-management employees.

Some employees support the union, complaining about pensions and benefits.

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