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.