The union for employees of the Savannah River Site’s security contractor have called for a strike to begin at 4 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the contractor, Centerra-SRS.
“Site security functions will be maintained by Centerra employees who are not striking,” and personnel from other Department of Energy locations, according to the release. “We do not discuss our specific security posture and will not go into detail other than what has been provided.”
DOE’s Savannah River Operations Office announced earlier this month that it would exercise an option to extend the terms of its current contract with Centerra Group for 24 months, from Oct. 8, 2017, to Oct. 7, 2019, according to the release.
The original contract was awarded Oct. 8, 2009, for a base period of five years. It included a provision allowing DOE to extend it for up to five years. DOE extended the contract for three years on Oct. 8, 2014, to Oct. 7, 2017.
The contract provides a uniformed protective force for DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration assets at Savannah River Site.
Members of the union, United Professional Pro-Force of Savannah River, Local 125, rejected a new collective bargaining agreement after four months of negotiation and before the extension option was exercised, according to the release.