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Strike a potential for some Duane Arnold Energy Center Employees

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In just one week, workers at Iowa's only nuclear power plant may be going on strike.

The main issue in contract discussions between Duane Arnold Energy Center and some of the plant operations and maintenance staff is mandatory overtime.

A contract extension for the workers represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 204 ends at midnight on July 31.

If the issue isn't resolved, workers say they'll strike.

"Duane Arnold has detailed contingency plans in place in the event that we're not able to come to an agreement with the union," Spokesperson for Duane Arnold Energy Center Renee Nelson said.

Those plans include continuing to operate the Palo plant using resources within the industry and company.

"Many of our employees have been promoted internally through the supervisor and management ranks so we have simply re-qualified those individuals to step into their former roles and perform those operations for the facility," Nelson said.

Officials with Local 204 were unavailable for an on camera interview.

However, they did say that they're working together with Duane Arnold to prevent a strike for as long as possible.

"Duane Arnold is committed to the bargaining unit process and our collective bargaining agreement conversations will be continuing," Nelson said.

If the Local 203 workers decide to strike, the plant will be down 160 of their 600 workers.

Duane Arnold Energy Center generates enough energy to power half a million homes.

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