Wednesday, November 16, 2005

A poll of former and current Los Alamos employees

To the users of this blog:

I'm a science reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. For the second time, I'm conducting a poll of former and current Los Alamos employees regarding NNSA's pending choice of the winner of the next LANL contract .

I seek replies to 3 questions:

1. Come Dec. 1, which of the 2 competitors for the LANL contract do you expect to win?
2. Which competitor would you personally LIKE to win? Please explain.
3. As Dec. 1 nears, what's the mood like inside LANL?

This time, regrettably, I can only quote respondents who are willing to fully identify themselves. (Recent court rulings have seriously undercut reporters' ability to quote anonymous sources.)
Hence, if you are willing to be identified, please provide the following information:

1. Your full name.
2. Your present or past position at the lab.
3. The year you came to work at LANL (and the year you left, if you have already left).
4. A current telephone number AND street address, just in case an editor asks me to verify your identity.

I sincerely apologize for the "ID" hassle -- but thanks to the courts, it's unavoidable this time!
Please do reply by 1 pm Los Alamos time WEDNESDAY (today).

Sincerely,
(Mr.) Keay Davidson
Science Writer
San Francisco Chronicle
KDavidson@sfchronicle.com

Comments:
Just my feelings:

Now lets look at the facts. Just a month or so ago Lockheed sent out a message to 85,000 of it salary employees stating that effective Jan 1st 2006 they will no longer offer a pension plan to any new hire. Now according to the chart shown at the URL below we find that their retirement fund is 25% short in being able to pay their retirees. My suspicions are that they want LANL / LLNL employees to fold their retirement funds into Lockheed retirement plan in order to pay for their current retirees, where shortly afterwards they will pull another Enron or United Airlines. As you can see there seems to be no legal recourse for this scam. If I were fifty years old I would not hand over my retirement funds over to the new contractor. I'd retire and let the chips fall where ever they fall.


http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/retirement/2005-11-14-pensions-usat_x.htm
 
Reality check.

The largest weapons contractor in the world is looking to lift our pension fund just so it can declare itself insolvent?

I think YOU are sniffing some solvent.

We need to look at our individual circumstances and make a choice based on our options not some hair-brained fearmongers latest conspiracy theories.
 
Last I heard, Sandia's pension plan will not fall under these new rules, and is indeed separate from LM's other pension assets. If someone knows otherwise, please let us know. I suspect LANL's will be handled similarly.
 
We need to look at our individual circumstances and make a choice based on our options not some hair-brained fearmongers latest conspiracy theories.
# posted by WFOaddict : 11/16/2005 07:19:41 PM

I guess you will have to take your chances then, won't you. It may work out and maybe it won't. You have a 50/50 chance. Enjoy
Maybe you should take note of how many firms across this country are doing exactly what Enron, United, Delphi, and GMAC are doing. Do you think for a minute that you are special and exempt?
 
Post a Comment

<< Home

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?