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Hanford Security Guards Negotiate Contract

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - Security guards at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are working under a two-week contract extension as they seek to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. The old agreement ended Saturday.
Hanford Guard Union president Ed Pacheco says they want to solve issues at the bargaining table.
Pacheco says guards should get the 2 percent annual wage increases negotiated for other union workers at the former nuclear weapons production site.
The union says the main issues are disability retirement benefits, a company proposal to change the historic work schedule and a company proposal to make changes to seniority.
For security reasons, the number of security guards in the union is not made public.
Hanford contains the nation's largest collection of nuclear waste.