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SRNS layoffs to affect fewer than announced

Friday, Aug 26, 2011 1:03 PM
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Savannah River Site’s primary contractor will lay off 200 workers next week – far fewer than planned – during the final round of a workforce reduction that began last December.

“Impacted employees will be notified beginning Aug. 29 and it is our intent that all notifications will be completed by Aug. 31,” wrote Garry Flowers, the president and CEO of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, in a memo dated Wednesday and obtained by The Augusta Chronicle.

The company, which employs about 5,500 at the site, was given Department of Energy clearance Dec. 31 to cut as many as 1,400 jobs. Previous reductions included voluntary separations by 513 workers and the layoff of 342 employees in March.

The remaining cuts, expected to affect 545 workers, have been reduced to 275, Flowers said.

“Though we had previously communicated the potential to reduce our workforce by 545 positions by the end of the calendar year, I have revised our August projections to approximately 200 positions,” he wrote. “In addition, I also expect there will be up to 75 positions reduced during the remainder of the calendar year as we complete Recovery Act projects.”

The number of affected workers, he said, was amended because of changes in the operation of H Canyon and the extension of a Recovery Act project involving transuranic waste that is being processed and shipped to a disposal site in New Mexico.

Workers laid off next week will each receive 60 days of pay and other severance benefits. Employees who lose their jobs will have access to the resources of a transition center to aid displaced employee.

“Workforce reductions are never a positive experience and every employee deserves to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect,” Flowers’ memo said. “The Transition Center is available to provide counseling and to assist our co-workers in finding other employment opportunities.”

Contractors Savannah River Remediation and Wackenhut Services reduced their workforces by 100 positions each.

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Billyds999 08/26/11 - 12:26 pm
So this is about 1100

So this is about 1100 "permanant" people from SRNS, a hundred or so each from SRR and WSI, plus a couple thousand temporary ARRA / stimulous workers, plus they're talking about shutting down the H Canyon, ... how's that change working for you....

SCEagle Eye
SCEagle Eye 08/26/11 - 12:46 pm
It's unfortunate about the

It's unfortunate about the layoffs, but it sounds like the federal budget crunch is hitting and the message of fiscal conservativism is finally taking hold. But let's hope that the top mission of SRS - cleaning up the radioactive and chemical mess left at the site - remains the very top priority. Funds must not diverted to speculative programs which would reduce the emphasis on the clean-up mission.

Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 08/26/11 - 01:50 pm
Let us view this

Let us view this belt-tightening as an opportunity to rationalize our national, state and local governmental as well as personal priorities. Prodigality is out; frugality will be "in." Ostentation is out; modesty will be "in." Image is out; substance will be "in." Today is out; the future will be "in." Those who adapt will survive then flourish. Those who refuse or are unable to adapt to the changing ethos will fall by the wayside to places like the Salvation Army, the Augusta Rescue Mission, publicly-funded housing, the street et al.

Billyds999 08/27/11 - 05:23 pm
@eagle eye, Shutting down the

@eagle eye, Shutting down the only facility that can process the stuff (H Canyon) will cut back big bucks, but also keeps that stuff here, alive a well...
@craig, i'd be willing to speculate that someone smart enough to work out there is smart enough to not have to live on the street or at the salvation army. If they can't find a job, then it's months of unemplyment , then bancruptcy, then food stamps, then... oh, wait - what's your address, and they can come eat at your house.

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