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Layoffs to affect 342 SRS workers

Another phase of layoffs set for August

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Savannah River Nuclear Solutions has nearly completed a series of layoffs that began last week and will affect 342 employees.

"There are only a few notifications that have yet to be made," said Garry Flowers, the company's president and CEO, in an e-mailed memo to employees Tuesday.

As part of a plan approved last fall by the U.S. Department of Energy, the primary Savannah River Site contractor was authorized to cut as many as 1,400 positions by the beginning of fiscal year 2012 this fall.

The reduction so far, including the recent layoffs and 328 other employees who agreed to voluntary separation offers in December, is 670, Flowers said.

Even with those reductions, as many as 730 additional jobs could be eliminated at SRS later this year. The next phase of layoffs is scheduled for August.

"We will continue to evaluate business conditions as we move forward with the next phase of the plan," Flowers wrote.

Because the scope of the reduction is so large, the company intends to open a transition center in Aiken this month to offer counseling and outplacement services to affected employees and their families.

"We have invited businesses and educational institutions to participate as well, and we are encouraged so far by the response," Flowers said.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions had 6,492 employees on Jan. 1, making it the largest of several employers at the site.

"I know this is a difficult and disruptive time for every SRNS employee," he wrote. "This is a period of substantial change and shifting priorities, both here at the site and in the country. We will continue to be challenged to find better ways to do business, while meeting the expectations of our customers."

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/01/11 - 04:08 pm
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I just hope somebody turns

I just hope somebody turns off the glow when the party's over.

kmb413
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kmb413 03/01/11 - 05:51 pm
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Ahh, the end of the stimulus

Ahh, the end of the stimulus money. How high will unemployment go with rising gas prices and stimulus money running out everywhere?

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DawgnSC69 03/01/11 - 05:55 pm
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I just hope they eliminated

I just hope they eliminated people based on poor performance and not by seniority. In the past, non-exempt employees were cut based on seniority which meant a lot of young and ambitious talent was lost.

PR
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PR 03/01/11 - 06:00 pm
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The biggest mistake DoE ever
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The biggest mistake DoE ever made was to get rid of WSR as the O&M managment company. SRNS has turned out to be a total farce. Mismanagement, accdidents, people contaminated, cost overruns, everywhere you turn SRNS is a joke. DoE needs to fire SRNS and start over with a different O&M contractor. Just wait folks, its going to get worse.

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 03/02/11 - 08:43 am
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House leader John Boehner on

House leader John Boehner on such layoffs: "so be it"

"Over the last two years since President Obama has taken office, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs," Boehner said, according to Politico. "If some of those jobs are lost in this, so be it. We're broke. It's time for us to get serious about how we're spending the nation's money."

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Dan at The Scott Daily Post 03/02/11 - 09:57 am
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Eagle Eye: The

Eagle Eye: The administration did not add 200k jobs. Those were temporary census workers that just so happened to be needed during Obama's first term in office...

bettyboop
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bettyboop 03/02/11 - 10:47 am
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LOL eagle eye....are you

LOL eagle eye....are you serious?????

kmb413
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kmb413 03/02/11 - 02:22 pm
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Stimulus jobs were never

Stimulus jobs were never meant to be permanent positions!

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 03/04/11 - 08:58 am
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OK, time to ramp up the

OK, time to ramp up the layoffs at SRS and start celebrating that us tax payers aren't footing the bill for so many federal workers (well, contractors). So be it. Right?! Let's start with halting the multi-billion plutonium fuel (MOX) program, which has lost its way and is simply a special interest program designed to line the pockets of the French socialist company AREVA and their allies. OK?

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exmox 03/05/11 - 08:51 am
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You are right "sceagle eye".

You are right "sceagle eye". This cash cow needs eliminated before more of our money is given to the french. I'll be leaving here in a week. The mox idea was good at first, but the greed of the french and the companies they brought with them, is remarkable. I have seen million$ charged to us for work the french companies are supposedly doing, only to find that not one thing was done for our project, and the companies were doing other things for themselves. We are so far behind schedule, that the 2016 timeline will be at least 2016. If the French continue managing it, add at least 2 more years.

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