More workforce reductions for Savannah River Site

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Monday, May 16, 2011

AIKEN CTY., S.C. – In three separate employee memos, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Savannah River Remediation and Wackenhut Services, Inc. announced a reduction in their workforces.

In a memo to employees, Garry Flowers, President and CEO of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions broke the news of more jobs cuts due to budget cuts.

He tells them that with the recent budget reduction for the Department of Energy Environmental Management, there will be an impact to Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.

SRNS is conducting another “self select program” for employees. The window for self select will be May 17 to June 10, 2011. There will be onsite benefit information meetings to help employees make an informed decision. The last day of work for those who voluntarily separate will be June 30, 2011.

An involuntary separation program was previously scheduled and will still be held in late August. Due to the budget reductions at H Canyon and HB Line, they do feel additional positions will be impacted by an involuntary separation program in September/October 2011. The exact number of positions impacted is not known.

The company will attempt to maintain current senior practices but their priority is the business needs and mission essential requirements.

In addition to SRNS’ announcement, Savannah River Remediation and Wackenhut Services, Inc. have also announced they will be reducing their workforce.

According to Dave Olsen, SRR President and Project Manager, SRR will begin offering a Self-Select Program this week which will allow a reduction of up to 100 employees while realigning their “skill mix”. Their window opens on May 16, 2011 and employees will have about four weeks to volunteer (if approved) to leave the site or retire. Their window closes June 10, 2011 and is open to all permanent, full-service SRR employees.

Employees at SRR who are approved for the program will receive severance of one week’s pay for every year of eligibility service, up to 26 weeks. Employees may also be eligible for medical coverage. Check InSite later this week for more information. If you are approved and are retirement eligible, you wll retire from the site on June 30. If you are not retirement eligible, you will leave the site on June 17, 2011.

Wackenhut’s Randy Garver, General Manager, describes their “Workforce Restructuring” process in an employee bulletin. WSI-SRS is estimating a reduction of approximately 100 employees. This will mean WSI-SRS will be implementing workforce restructuring initiatives to meet work scope requirements.

WSI-SRS is also approved for a Self-Select Program for employees to volunteer to leave their positions with benefits comparable to those that would be offered in an involuntary reduction. All permanent full-time WSI-SRS employees are eligible. Some employees who are deemed critical to site operations may not be able to participate.

The window for WSI-SRS employees is from May 31, 2011 through June 13, 2011. They believe they will have all participants processed so their last day will be July 15, 2011.

After the SSP process, they will then decide where they need to implement an involuntary separation program to reach the target staff level.

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