Savannah River Site’s management contractor issued an appeal Friday for workers willing to resign or retire as part of a workforce reduction approved by the U.S. Department of Energy in 2010.
In a memo to employees, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions President Dwayne Wilson said 1,065 workers have left the site since the reduction of up to 1,400 employees was authorized almost two years ago.
“With the significant progress in accelerating work at SRS, and as we near the completion of legacy transuranic waste disposition, we will be able to allow employees to voluntarily choose to leave the site or retire,” the memo said.
Workers willing to participate will receive a week of pay for each year of service, up to 26 weeks, and some might also qualify for medical benefits. The window for workers to apply opens Tuesday, Sept. 4, and closes at 5 p.m. Sept. 28, with notifications made to affected workers Oct. 3-5. Most would work their last day Oct. 12.
A company spokeswoman said that no specific number of employees is needed to resign or retire and that there are no plans for layoffs.
The downsizing, Wilson’s memo said, is being pursued in part because some of the company’s projects are coming to a close during the next few months.
“The decision to participate is completely voluntary, and management will consider all requests to participate,” he said.
Accomplishments at SRS include 70 Recovery and Reinvestment Act subprojects and five capital projects completed ahead of schedule and under budget, he said: “We should all be proud of the work accomplished in recent years.”