Thread regarding Duke Energy. layoffs

Cutting labor to the bone

Duke Energy is eliminating a THIRD of their nuclear engineering organization across the company by year end 2018. Executive stock options don't grow if the dividend does not grow. Electricity demand is flat. Solar, wind and gas are either subsidized or cheap. Only one option left to support the stock price: cut labor to the bone. So that's what they're doing. They'll try to keep the nuclear plants running this way until it either works, safety suffers and the NRC steps in to shut down nuclear plants, or it's still not enough cost savings and they'll have to shut down some of the nuclear plants anyway.

The OP @PLlAHdH-61elg , nailed it with this post. Couldn’t agree more.

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Post ID: @VN1KwTv

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I live near the Catawba plant and know several Duke-Energy employees that work there, but none of them are represented by a collective bargaining group. Curious as to what group of employees working at Catawba Nuclear Station are part of a union?

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Post ID: @VN1KwTv-Wpxf

"Duke-Energy has no union workers."

Yes, Yes they do, and you should know this whether you are an engineer or working in some other capacity.

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Post ID: @VN1KwTv-Lpgu

Let me be more specific, the engineers at the nuclear plants are not represented by any labor unions.

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Post ID: @VN1KwTv-Datt

The nuclear part of Duke-Energy does NOT have union workers and YES I am a Duke-Energy employee. This thread was about the nuclear plants. Lastly, no, I am not stupid, but you are quite rude,

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Post ID: @VN1KwTv-Djvp

If you don't know that Duke like all utilities has bargaining unit employees, you are either not really a Duke employee or incredibly stupid.

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Post ID: @VN1KwTv-Csya

Duke-Energy has no union workers. Perhaps those stating that the nuclear industry is “bloated” and has “indifferent” employees are describing the type of worker they were or another company. I work with a dedicated and safety conscious staff. None that deserve being let go at anytime, but certainly not the holidays!

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Post ID: @VN1KwTv-ztra

Lets face it, the civilian nuclear field is bloated not only with management, but union workers. After leaving the Navy, it was very hard for me to adjust to the indifference and lack of work ethic I found in the civilian power industry. They should have been cut to the bone years ago and staffed with people who really wanted a good paying job.

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Post ID: @VN1KwTv-5cdf

I have served on a submarine and worked at several commercial nuclear plants. There is no comparison. In the navy you essentially have slave labor and don’t have to meet a budget. The scope/size of the plant is an order of magnitude larger. Entergy tried cutting their staffing to this extent and their entire fleet went in the ditch.

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Post ID: @VN1KwTv-4efb

Heard 35 Engineers at Harris getting cut. Old Duke plants McGuire, Catawba, and Oconee are going to be hit hard. I heard the organization proposed after layoffs is what was originally established at the close of the Progress merger but never implemented. Progress sites actually added staff after the merger so this is probably a long time coming. Not sure why they dont just close Robinson and be done with the layoffs.

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Post ID: @VN1KwTv-4ssm

worked for Duke - you will notice a third of the engineers missing. Bloated beyond belief.

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Post ID: @VN1KwTv-4qjs

Bummer. I used to staff a nuclear reactor on a fast attack sub for the navy 24/7/365 and our total staffing was about 30 people. Never could figure out why civilian plants required almost a thousand people when you add it all up. I would say 250 people would be more than generous.

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Post ID: @VN1KwTv-jwy

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