Monday, February 07, 2005

Re: The Open Letter to President Dynes

From Anonymous:

In reference to the Open Letter to President Dynes:

What a beautifully succinct letter to a Gray Davis kind of cover-your-ass politician! The only thing I would add is that if a thousand LANL staff members each sent a letter to UC President Dynes with their own succinct version of this letter, in their own beautiful words, something just MIGHT happen. -Namely, Admiral Nanos might actually be relieved of command. What a BOOST in morale for Los Alamos that one single action, by a fortified UC, would be! Just stop now and imagine it... After a half a year, something positive, a glimmer of hope on the horizon.

By the way, there is only one piece of information missing: UC President Robert Dynes' e-mail address:

Let a thousand flowers bloom! Remember: the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. As the Dalai Lama might say, "Let your words be gentle, but full of truth--there is no harder rock than the truth."

Wait a minute, Dynes can't fire Nanos simply because it would reflect poorly on the UC management and the UC can't have any more failures this close to contract time. Remember "Protect the Contract is the Prime Directive".
What happens if he gets 2000 open emails from people saying keep Nanos? Does that mean you have to come to grips that maybe morale problems are deeper than one person?
Dreamer. What a strange world you must live in.
The call for Nanos to quit, when the man is doing a perfect job, probably will accomplish little. His job is to demoralize and rip the lab apart, and he is very good at it. The lab needs to outsource facility management, and soon the entire waste management and environmental work. So where do you get the approximately 2,000 positions required to do this, if a RIF (LANL is not good at this)is not an option? Well guess what, there are 2,200 employees over the age of 55 at LANL, and 3,700 over the age of 50. If one can anger enough of these people, by making their work environment a living hell, maybe enough will retire or leave.
Do not kid yourself, there are only a handful of people that really need to be retained.
What to do? Relax a little and follow the revised RFP. Make no mistake, the reason that Nanos appears so glum latley is that together with our politcal adocates we shot huge holes in his ship.
If we hang together, and endure the man a little longer, we will still be here and he will be gone. In the next few months, when management makes us do something really stupid, smile and think how nice it will be when THEY are gone. So for a while, just smile.
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