Friday, January 21, 2005

Another letter to Senator Bingaman

As a ten-year LANL employee, I am deeply concerned with the wording and intent of

the draft RFP. Placing a 105% cap on the retirement benefits based on a comparative
group is far less than our current system rewards us. The current UCRP is
self-funding and costs the U.S. taxpayers nothing to maintain. It appears to us at
LANL that this is a DOE pension-raiding scheme, in the same manner as the Orwellian
double-speak of "Rescuing Social Security" parlayed by our current administration.

I do not want to retire, or quit and begin as a new employee. In fact, I really
don't want to think about this contract all year and distract myself from the work I
would like to accomplish. However, seven members of my team have quit in recent
months because doing research through a university has more appeal than the current
LANL climate. This contract has the potential to send the rest of us looking
elsewhere.

I am also deeply concerned about the great number of our senior staff members that
will be forced to retire and the subsequent loss of leadership and experience at
LANL.

Sincerely,

Jane Riese

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