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Cost-cutting plan could send SRS workers home for holidays

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 12:02 PM
Last updated Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 1:33 AM
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A cost-cutting measure will send thousands of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions workers home for three holiday weeks during the remainder of 2012.

“We’ll be in limited operations during the holidays, with essential personnel only,” said Barbara Smoak, a spokeswoman for the Savannah River Site contractor.

According to a report from the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, the company – which employs about 4,500 workers – is facing a fiscal 2013 budget shortfall that could be as much as $175 million.

“SRNS announced they will be dramatically reducing staff augmentation support and construction forces very soon,” the safety board’s report said, adding that the company also extended an effort to enroll more workers in voluntary separation programs.

The company “also announced they are considering plant closures for three entire, upcoming holiday weeks where workers would be required to use vacation leave or take time off without pay,” the safety board report said.

Smoak said there are no plans to close any SRS facilities, but activity during the three holiday weeks will be limited to workers needed to ensure safe operations. “We will also continue to support other contractors on the site, where appropriate,” she said.

The scaled down operations are concentrated in holiday weeks because many workers typically take time off then anyway, she said. “We already get two holidays, for example, during Thanksgiving week, so it is not a huge impact.”

Estimates of how many of the company’s 4,500 workers would be on leave at the same time are not available. “We are still determining exactly what staffing would look like under essential personnel only,” Smoak said.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, the site’s largest employer, has been reducing its workforce gradually since December 2010, when the U.S. Energy Department authorized the company to eliminate up to 1,400 positions. Through August, at least 1,065 workers had left.

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YeCats
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YeCats 11/07/12 - 02:00 pm
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Sign of the times...

Sign of the times...

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/07/12 - 05:14 pm
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Other industrial sites have always used this year end
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time. It is a win-win situation for employees. Great wages and benefits allow time for family and other holiday fun. Everyone cannot schedule time off at Christmas.

Thanks for those Toys for Tots. SRS , you are the best.

And as a holiday gift to the Augusta taxpayers, do not share your financial management techniques with Freddie Scrooge and Evil Elves.

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 11/07/12 - 06:47 pm
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MOX costs killing SRS

Meanwhile, the largest portion of funds at SRS keep pouring into the dead-end MOX plant. How long will workers in clean-up missions at SRS continue to remain quiet while the bloated MOX pig gobbles up resources which should be used for priority clean-up projects? There is no shortage of funds for SRS; the problem is how the money is allocated. "Oink oink," says MOXie, "give me more and more."

burninater
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burninater 11/07/12 - 07:01 pm
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That's okay, government

That's okay, government doesn't create jobs. These workers and their families will lose nothing this holiday, because their jobs were purely an illusion all along. All their hard work and value added to society and the economy have always been a liberal mirage.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 11/07/12 - 08:22 pm
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Burn....you believe in the

Burn....you believe in the government tooth fairy too?

burninater
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burninater 11/07/12 - 09:01 pm
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Hmmm, it's not clear to me

Hmmm, it's not clear to me what relation a tooth fairy has to these purely fictitious jobs not created by government that will have mythical holiday work stoppages.

Perhaps if I put on my magic underwear the ability to separate truth from fantasy will manifest itself in me.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 11/07/12 - 10:22 pm
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Time to unionize

If a labor union were in place there would have been a contract and SRNS would not be able to furlough anyone nor make them use vacation. Bring the union reps in for a town hall meeting to talk to the workers and get the ball rolling.

Radwaste
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Radwaste 11/07/12 - 10:43 pm
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Wrong money pool, Eagle Eye

Guys, the operating budget for MOX, dealing with Significant Nuclear Material, is a different money pool than is used for waste removal at the Tank Farms and DWPF. There's a bunch of gymnastics involved to reapportion it.

And for you other guys against MOX: got a better idea what to do with Plutonium than burning it? The Citizen's Advisory Board is eager to hear from you. Complaining here just isn't productive.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 11/07/12 - 11:03 pm
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The magic underwear comment

The magic underwear comment is a shining tribute to your tolerance. Yes....You Built That! Just like those government jobs....

burninater
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burninater 11/08/12 - 12:46 am
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Gage, how is the magic

Gage, how is the magic underwear comment intolerant? It is literally true. According to the LDS, the underwear "when properly worn...provides protection against temptation and evil". Magic. Underwear. The view that is somehow intolerant suggests a level of discomfort with the literal implications of this belief.

And just out of curiosity, you keep bringing up the claim that government jobs are a fiction, like the tooth fairy. Do you sincerely believe that the 4500 workers cited in this article, and their jobs, are some type of fiction? That they aren't really real? This is exceedingly strange.

SCEagle Eye
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SCEagle Eye 11/08/12 - 03:14 am
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it's gymnastic time

It's time for the overall DOE budget to be treated as a singular item and not as separate pools of money for the haves (NNSA) vs the have-nots (EM). With a negative attitude that action can't impact how the Congress appropriates the DOE budget is to surrender to mounting financial problems with the EM budget. Rather than be negative, it's time to be assertive and creative in demanding a change of course. EM jobs, the bulk of jobs at SRS, are at stake and to be negative that nothing can be done to help DOE and Congress (Lindsey Graham, Joe Wilson & Jim Clyburn in particular) get spending priorities straight is self-defeating and doesn't help the situation at hand. The Citizen's Advisory Board can sit on its hands and be negative and fail to lead or can can start pushing for the focus to be reset on the main job-producing and most urgent mission at SRS - clean-up. But does that body have the will, courage or ability to step up to the plate now that the time for action is here (and will be here during budget negotiations well in the future)?

Tullie
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Tullie 11/08/12 - 06:17 am
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burninator said:

Gage, how is the magic underwear comment intolerant? It is literally true. According to the LDS, the underwear "when properly worn...provides protection against temptation and evil". Magic. Underwear. The view that is somehow intolerant suggests a level of discomfort with the literal implications of this belief.

No, that is not literally true and it is not according to the LDS Church.

The undergarment worn by those members who have received the ordinance of the temple Endowment is a ceremonial one. All adults who enter the temple are required to wear it. In mormon temples, men and women who receive priesthood ordinances wear this undergarment and other priestly robes. The garment is worn at all times, but the robes are worn only in the temple. The LDS members wear the garment under their regular clothing for the rest of their lives, day and night, partially to remind them of the sacred covenants they have made with God.

The white garment symbolizes purity and helps assure modesty, respect for the attributes of God, and, to the degree it is honored, a token of what Paul regarded as taking upon one the whole armor of God . It is an outward expression of an inward covenant, and symbolizes Christlike attributes in one's mission in life.

The LDS Church is not the only church that uses garmets in one fashion or another; the yarmulke which is worn at special times by Jewish men or at all times by devout orthodox Jews, priests in the Catholic church wear collars to show their role, Catholic nuns may also wear special clothing that signifies the religious order to which they belong.

There is nothing "magic" about any of the garmets, it reflects the religious conviction of the wearer.

wayne2410
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wayne2410 11/08/12 - 06:59 am
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Sure there are government
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Sure there are government jobs and they are not all bad, but they are not all good either. Govt employee to help maintain a nuclear plant- good. Govt employee to study a salt marsh frog- bad.
Liberal talking points are too superficial and shallow, you would think at some point they would show some intellectual honesty but that was the old America, we now live in the liberals new Amerika, God help us all.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 11/08/12 - 07:09 am
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Tullie, thank you so much for

Tullie, thank you so much for your comment. You have taken what has become the bunt-in of a joke and returned it to it's respectable definition.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 11/08/12 - 08:03 am
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Burn... Where did the capital

Burn... Where did the capital that funds those projects and jobs come from?
I think Tullie sufficiently addressed your comment regarding temple garments....and it shows your intolerance. Do you cast aspersions against all that wear symbols of their religious beliefs?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/08/12 - 10:36 am
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Militant

There is a militant atheism movement underway that is openly hostile to religion in general, and to Christianity in particular.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 11/08/12 - 11:04 am
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To GiantsAllday, there are

To GiantsAllday, there are unions out there and have always been. The problem is the big Union bosses, aka business agents, do not have the courage to stand up to officials at SRS. Their comment is "well we need the work you know ". This is why I have chose to work up North most of my career, Strong Unions!

dek87
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dek87 11/08/12 - 11:10 am
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keep your damn change

keep your damn change

KSL
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KSL 11/08/12 - 11:18 am
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Always amazes me

The number of people who think they have the definitive information on a given subject. In fact just about everyone has as much knowledege as any one of the blind men feeling one part of the elephant and describing it from his point of "observation."

Concerned too
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Concerned too 11/08/12 - 11:32 am
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Announced 1 day after the Re-Election of an Illegal Alien

This is unprecedented. If our trusted Americans with high-level U.S. Security clearances will not be on site - to PROTECT American's plutonium - then Who will be there? Iranian thieves? BO's Arab brothers? WAKE UP America! Contact your Congressman immediately! Our Nation’s security is at risk. Trump needs to start his Revolution in Aiken. John Barrow should at least show up with his Daddy’s guns at SRS and guard our Nation’s plutonium during those 3 weeks ... this act of travesty is announced just one day after BO’s re-election…..

SOSUME
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SOSUME 11/08/12 - 06:23 pm
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As I can tell most of you do

As I can tell most of you do not work for The U.S. Department of Energy or any of its other branches.
True! No work is done at SRS. It's a bakery really. We make doughnut for police department across the country.

bk
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bk 11/08/12 - 06:48 pm
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SRNS

If SRNS management didn't waste all the ARRA stimulus money hiring unskilled professional like their brothers, sisters, friends and children. They would have gotten the work done and not wasted our (the tax payers money) You SRNS lined your pockets and put the work and workers on the street. SHAME ON YOU>>>>>>

Tullie
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Tullie 11/09/12 - 07:21 am
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SOSUME said:

As I can tell most of you do not work for The U.S. Department of Energy or any of its other branches.
True! No work is done at SRS. It's a bakery really. We make doughnut for police department across the country.

What kind of doughnuts?

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