Savannah River Remediation to cut 100 more SRS jobs

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 11:13 AM
Last updated 10:54 PM
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Savannah River Remediation, the liquid waste contractor at Savannah River Site, announced a second round of job cuts Tuesday in which up to 100 more positions will be eliminated.

In a memo to employees, company president and project manager Dave Olson said the cuts were approved by the U.S. Department of Energy “as part of a workforce management initiative to balance resources” and will occur in two phases.

“The first phase will give employees an opportunity to participate in a self-select program,” Olson said. “The second phase, if necessary, will consist of an involuntary separations program.”

Employees will have until 5 p.m. Nov. 18 to volunteer to leave. Eligible participants will receive one week’s pay for each year of service and may also quality for medical coverage under an Energy Department program.

If layoffs are necessary, that phase will occur in December.

Earlier this year, Savannah River Remediation and another contractor – Wackenhut Services – each cut 100 positions.

The site’s primary management contractor, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, also implemented major workforce reductions this year that could continue into December.

Dwayne Wilson, who became the new SRNS president this fall, told employees in an Oct. 12 memo that the remaining layoffs are expected to affect about 50 people.

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 company officials have said the final number is likely to be fewer than 1,400.

A “transition center” established in Aiken to provide resource options to displaced workers has helped at least 126 laid-off SRNS employees find jobs.

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Chillen 11/08/11 - 03:44 pm
I can't keep up with whats

I can't keep up with whats going on out there. Hire, fire, say you will lay off, then don't do it, then do it, then add more people, then lay them off.....

Total disorganization.

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augusta citizen 11/08/11 - 09:15 pm
Chillen, don't feel bad, I

Chillen, don't feel bad, I know people who work there who can't keep up with it. It's always been that way, as far back as I can remember, they announce lay-offs, then retract it, then.....well on and on it is.

onlysane1left 11/10/11 - 09:00 am
Hey, they may not have jobs

Hey, they may not have jobs for long, if Rick Perry become president, just a long as he doesn't forget that he wants to cut the DoE.

H1 11/27/11 - 03:36 pm
The layoffs and demise of SRS

The layoffs and demise of SRS won't end until the entire management is replaced. The upper managers for both SRNS and SRR are only interested in maximizing their profits and moving on. What is in place now for SRNS is a hatch man and a loser who has been from every DOE site he has worked at (SRR), Olson is ok but look at the SRR managers dumped from West Valley and Hanford.

Wake up DOE if you want SRS to survive.

OBF27 12/04/11 - 05:13 pm
From my understanding, the

From my understanding, the layoffs are necessary, Garry Flowers was informed of how many jobs would need to be laid off before pursuing this project that he took on. If he hadn't, there people would be paying workers that aren't doing anything. That project needed to be cleaned out before fixing anything. Don't think Garry would have given up his life in dallas for two and a half years just to "maximize his profit" when he was doing just fine in Dallas.

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