Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Editorial: Chance to improve research, image

Editorial: Chance to improve research, image

Los Alamos lab partnership.
California Aggie (UC Davis)… Editorial
April 5, 2005

The University of California recently announced its plan to collaborate
with three southwestern institutions -- the University of New Mexico, New
Mexico State University and the New Mexico Institute for Mining and
Technology -- to make its bid for the Los Alamos National Laboratory more
competitive, and to diversify the lab's management.

This partnership addresses management problems linked to a purchasing
scandal in 2002, erroneous reports of missing classified computer disks
and allegations of inappropriate spending. The fiscal impact of these
snafus tallies into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Forming this alliance, however, is not just a political gesture -- it also
has a practical purpose. The more minds overseeing the activities within
the lab, the greater the accountability and credibility will be.

This agreement is also more beneficial than one with a corporate partner.
Private interests driven by profits and self-promotion might judge the
lab's value and productivity on financial success. Public accountability
for the research increases when research is done for the research itself,
and not for financial gains.

In order for this partnership to advance the laboratory's standing, the
management issues that harmed its image must be addressed. The
collaborative effort will ultimately prove worthwhile if the universities
pool their knowledge and research in the pursuit of scientific

Editorials represent the collective opinion of The California Aggie
editorial board.

This piece just demonstrates how clueless the UC campuses are about LANL. The poor fools actually think that the New Mexico schools will be involved in "oversight" at LANL, when the announcement specifically stated that they would not be involved in any of the LANL management; in fact they didn't want to be part of the oversight. Just a bit of pork please...
UC Davis should not comment on things they don't understand, and they clearly don't understand LANL and New Mexico politics. Imagine LANL accepting any oversight from NM schools; they won't even accept any from the mighty UC... or DOE of course.
I think this needs its own Thread, could it be arranged.

I'm looking for an attorney to sue the lab for deceptive hiring. In a nut shell, I quit a higher paying job, sold 2 homes, and moved from another state all because of what my hiring managers promised me during my job interviews. I was told, and have in writing, that once I completed my BS degree I would be converted to a TSM and make 8K above the wage I had at a my other place of employment. I took the job here making 14K a year less thinking I would be at a higher level in a few years. I have now completed my degree and have been told in so many words; to bad we don't have the money." Need-less to say, I'm a just a little upset. I have been here 3 years now and Im still 8K below what I left my other job at. I'm looking into suing and I need a attorney that deals with hiring and employment practice. If you know anyone, please reply to the thread. Thanks
To 12:09:
I believe your plea has shown up elsewhere. The unfortunate answer is as follows: (1) A verbal contract, particular a verbal contract that stands at variance with the written contract that you probably signed when you began employment here, is not worth the paper its printed on. (2) If you have information in written form as you say you have, any number of attorneys in Los Alamos or Santa Fe will probably agree to read what you have and give you advice probably for free (initial consultations are usually free). (3) Even if the attorneys determine you have a case, I doubt seriously they will take the case on a contingency (award sharing) because the pay off likely will not be substantial. (4) If you do find an attorney who will take the case on contingency (some attorneys seem desperate), please know that you will get what you pay for. (5) A top drawer attorney in labor law will cost you about $400.00 per hour. That does not cover investigators, stenographers, or associate attorneys.

I apologize if this sounds hard and heartless. However, this is the way it is.
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