Senator Harckham Bill to Protect Indian Point Jobs Passes Senate

Ensures union employees are retained and paid no less than prevailing wage

(Albany, NY) Senator Pete Harckham, 40th Senate District, announced that his bill to help protect the workers employed by Indian Point has been passed by the New York State Senate. S5305B will help assure continued union jobs during the closure and decommissioning of the nuclear power plant in Buchanan, NY. It will ensure that current union employees are retained and paid no less than prevailing wage. 

Senator Pete Harckham said, “Protecting the workers at Indian Point and the economic well-being of the surrounding communities has been a top priority since I took office. My bill passed by the Senate today will help keep families in place by preventing a decommissioning company from coming in and displacing our well-trained workforce, replacing them with unskilled, non-union, low-wage out-of-towners. We’ll continue to do everything in our power to assist the people and communities impacted by the impending Indian Point closure."

Thomas Carey, Westchester/Putnam County Central Labor Body AFL/CIO President said, “Senator Harckham hit the ground running today with the passage of this bill. Worker protections and local jobs are critical for our area labor force. The closure of Indian Point is two years away, which will come in the blink of an eye, especially for young families currently working at the plant who are facing uncertainty. Our business partners should also welcome this legislation, knowing that prevailing wage protections mean good jobs and good wages for the men and women who have been shopping locally and supporting Indian Point area businesses."

Assemblymember Sandy Galef, 95th Assembly District, has introduced the bill in her chamber, A7569A.