Thursday, April 28, 2005
August 2, 1776 - When Benjamin Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence, he said, "We must all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately."
The same thought seems to apply to LANL staff and the recompete. Each staff member is risking their career and approximately $200,000 in benefits on the recompete. The potential bidders in the recompete are spending millions on their bids to run the place; politicians are winning the hearts of voters by bad mouthing LANL; and, yet, we are trying to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our town, and our Lab, not by savvy collective action but by separate, no cost, posts on blogs.
Credible plans that I have seen to protect irreplaceable staff and weapons knowledge require quick, collective action. Such plans would thwart people who would mistakenly destroy the Lab. Such destroyers are not malevolent just uninformed. They do not fathom the need for LANL nor the workings of LANL. Yet, we dither.
Could someone explain to me why acting only as individuals and only by whining on blogs is the right thing to do in the face of an aggregate loss of $1,000,000,000 to LANL employees and in the face of the potential death of the Lab as we would like it to be? We come across as a bunch of kids showing up to play in the Superbowl against the New England Patriots. We, the scientific heart of the country’s weapons program, are showing up in cutoffs with a soccer ball, no coach, and no game plan; yet we expect to win. Do we have a fairy godmother who is protecting us and whom I have not met?
I love the Lab and, especially, its people. Behind the press releases, we constitute a necessary national treasure. I would like us, employees and former employees, to start acting as a professional team, playing a winning game, for real, for ourselves, and for the defense of the nation. Hanging separately does not seem that appealing.
Every UC non-management employee at LANL is welcome to join, TSM to Admin. Team Leaders are not considered management by UC or by UPTE. We do not represent contractors because they are at will employees.
For those who are interested, the dues are $20 per month by payroll deduction. The application is on the UPTE web site at http://www.upte.org/LosAlamos. It can be mailed in. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, or ask a member. Members exist all over LANL.
Betty Ann Gunther,
The question is do you wish to hang together or hang separately as Benjamin Franklin and Eric Fairfield so excellently put it.
Don't read Fairfield's post for anything more than
it is - opportunistic advertising. You will have more value buying jewelry from QVC.
Ask yourself instead, why LANL employees are willing to hang separately rather than hang alone.
I will refrain from calling the poster from 07:30:46 AM any insulting names.
Betty Ann Gunther