BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- Employees at the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant want to unionize, and Progress Energy is fighting back. Employees say new senior managers are unfairly blaming them for problems at the plant. They also say, over the past year and a half, there has been little communication between senior management and employees. But employees say the worst part is that their benefits are now in jeopardy. Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant employee Ralph Whitman said, "Right now I have no idea what my benefits are going to be like when I retire… I don't know if I'll be able to retire." Progress Energy released this statement regarding the possible unionization: "We respect the right of all employees to decide what is in their best interest. We are confident that our employees will recognize the value of a union-free environment, where managers and employees work together as a team to solve problems."
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