Hundreds of workers being laid off at Savannah River Site

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW) -- Almost 500 workers at Savannah River Site will soon be out of a job.

A letter sent to employees of Savannah River Remediation today says close to 465 workers will be let go later this month to meet budget needs. Interim President Stuart MacVean says the decision about who to let go will depend on staffing level expectations for different positions in the company.

The letter says workers' last day of employment will be Friday, September 27, 2013. MacVean says they will receive two weeks' pay and a severance payment equal to one week's pay for each full year of eligibility service for up to 26 weeks.

Employees who are laid off will be able to enter early retirement if they qualify. Workers will also be able to get help finding a new job through the Georgia Department of Labor and/or the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. Employees will also be given Preference-in-Hiring for other Department of Energy jobs.

Click here for the letter sent to employees on Thursday.

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