KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority's
decision to put nuclear power plant guards back on the payroll has
raised safety and job security concerns with a labor union.
The United Government Security Officers of America union complained Wednesday that members of the 500-guard force wanting to stay with TVA are having to apply for "at will" positions without union representation.
The union also says the "direct" hiring of guards could affect protection of TVA's three nuclear plants in Alabama and Tennessee.
But TVA spokesman Terry Johnson says TVA has been planning for the transition since it announced last fall it was ending a security contract with Pinkerton Government Services.
The plan, he says, will ensure "security is maintained at a high state of readiness."
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