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Savannah River Site contractor asks for more voluntary layoffs

Friday, Aug 31, 2012 11:35 AM
Last updated Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 3:03 AM
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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.”

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soapy_725 08/31/12 - 03:55 pm
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Are these contractors or SRS employees?
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SRS folks have major pension plans. Contractors come and go and switch from one crew to another.

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Newsflash 09/02/12 - 12:59 am
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Visit to shoe store........

I was shopping for a pair of steel toe work boots at a local shoe store and the clerk asked if i worked @ S R S ? I replied no ,why do you ask ? She told me a couple Savannah River Nuclear Solutions employees were in earlier and joking about the next round of lay offs. She asked if they were worried and they replied ...worried about what ? They went on to explain that both would receive over 2500.00 dollars each a month pension with health insurance. She said she asked what they did at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and they replied...We read about 8 newspapers daily and joked they had done no physical work in 25 years. I could tell she was upset and aggravated as she brought me boots to try on. I later thanked her for her assistance and paid for my boots and she smiled as if to acknowledge that she and i were in the same boat.......working and thankful for what we have.These two men and others like them boasting and gloating about gorging themselves at the government trough give employees that actually work for the government a bad rap. Happy Labor Day to all and thumbs up if you love the U.S.A.

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