Remaining Savannah River Site layoffs postponed till December

Dwayne Wilson, the new president and CEO of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, told employees in a memo this week that layoffs would be postponed because of "previously announced plans to reorganize our company in early November."

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions will wait until December to proceed with its last round of layoffs under a workforce restructuring plan launched in the final weeks of 2010.

The reductions, expected to affect about 50 people, were to occur this month, but the company’s new president and CEO, Dwayne Wilson, told employees in a memo this week the actions would be postponed because of “previously announced plans to reorganize our company in early November.”

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.

Since then, 1,038 workers have been affected by two voluntary separation programs and two rounds of layoffs – and officials have not ruled out additional reductions in 2012.

“I recognize that there is no ideal time for involuntary reductions and that it is especially difficult during the holidays, but I feel it prudent to delay these actions until we have completed the transition to the new organizational structure,” Wilson wrote.

Workers who are laid off receive 60 days of pay and other severance benefits. Employees who lose their jobs also have access to the resources of a transition center in Aiken.

So far, that center has helped at least 126 laid-off SRNS workers find jobs, Wilson’s memo said, noting that the facility will remain available for similar aid in fiscal 2012.

SRNS is the primary contractor at Savannah River Site. Two other major contractors – Savannah River Remediation and Wackenhut Services – also had implemented layoffs totaling 100 positions apiece.

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