About 2,000 Savannah River Site workers whose hours were reduced April 1 due to federal budget cuts will return to normal schedules next week.
“We have received formal notification from the Department of Energy that the necessary funding for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions to continue our planned work for the remainder of FY13 will be arriving at SRS no later than next week,” SRNS president and CEO Dwayne Wilson said in a memo to employees Thursday. “Thus, we will immediately begin the process to return employees to their normal work schedules.”
Under the widespread federal budget cuts known as sequestration, work hours were reduced 20 percent – to 32-hour weeks – for thousands of workers, with the possibility of full-time furloughs later.
After a series of requests from community groups and area legislators, money was reprogrammed to restore the cuts.
“Reversing the reduced work schedules will take a few days to fully implement,” Wilson said. “Employees should complete this week on their reduced work schedule and plan to return to full-time work status beginning the week of May 27.”
SRNS is the site’s management contractor.
The reprogramming of money will enable workers to resume normal schedules through fiscal year 2013, which ends Sept. 30.