Monday, January 09, 2006

Recent letters to the LANL NewsBulletin

A couple of recent letters to the LANL NewsBulletin (the only recent letters to the NewsBulletin)
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Editor's Note: As the Laboratory begins in earnest the transition to a new management and operations contractor on June 1, many questions will be raised. While we are publishing this letter, it should be noted that the Laboratory's transition management team, through the Transition Web page, is attempting to respond to questions and concerns raised by the work force. We have referred these letters to the transition team for review. As decisions are made on transition-related matters, information will be added to the Transition Web page. Laboratory employees are urged to check the Transition Web page frequently for information related to the transition.

Dec. 23, 2005

Retirees

What is being accomplished by making retirees re-apply for their job at the Lab if they want to continue working here? Why do they have to re-compete for their positions? What does the new company care whether they are retired or not?

I can understand starting them over under the new pension plan -- new vacation and sick leave -- but why make them go through the whole process of re-applying? The Lab is going to lose a huge part of its knowledge and experience when those people, who cannot give up that University of California retirement, are forced out.

What is the Lab trying to accomplish by doing this? Also, what are their options if they cash out of UC? Can they stay in their current positions -- or do they also have to re-apply?

--Janet Neff-Shampine

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Jan. 4, 2006

Retirement

Now that the contract is settled is there any hope that the retirement will change for those of us with 20+ years in? The University of California system benefits those [who] joined the Lab at an older age, but those of us who started at a younger age are somewhat "stuck" until we are old. (Example: I have been here 20+ years but can't retire for 20 years because I'm only 45.) Some of us don't care to stay around that long.Will there be a change to reflect "years of service" similar to state or county employees?

--Tom Houlton


Comments:
These postings are quite hilarious, and provide some much needed comic relief.

The first questions why the "retired" LANL should have to apply for jobs back at the Lab. I would question whether they should be "allowed" to apply for Lab employment. It is not obvious, from LANL employees that I have worked with, that 55 year old employees are attractive applicants when competing with fresh Post Docs. They may have some useful experience, but may well not be current in their fields. By all means let them apply, but let them compete, and let the competition be open and fair.

In such matters the LANL personnel policies are a real problem, as they allow far too many paths to avoid competition.
 
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