Saturday, February 25, 2006

Extention to comment deadline

The following was posted on the Transition site 2/24/2006:

ATTENTION: The period for commenting on the "substantial equivalency" of the Los Alamos Nuclear Security, LLC total compensation package has been extended to Sunday, February 26, 2006, at 5:00pm MST.



Comments:
Note to LANS HR and DOEAL

When will we have the final version of the LANS offer on the web site for review? It is my hopes that it will be as extensive as was the 48 page Mercer Human Resource Consulting presentation. In reality the 28 page LANS Total Compensation Proposal to NNSA presentation wasn't worth the paper it was printed on and told the people nothing. Instead it was a true public affairs document as those seen when one is seeking funding for a boondoggle project to trying to impress an audience of how they should be ranked # 1 in their peer group.

Please red line through the changes and note the new offer in another text style, if there are any. The people of LANL and LLNL need to see these changes and not be blind sided or lied too.

The balls in your court.
 
Does anyone know how comments will be addressed? Will resolution of comments be anymore than "Thanks for the comment?"

I guess the real test will be to see if anything changes by March 9th (the NNSA Decision date).
 
Will resolution of comments be anymore than "Thanks for the comment?"

No.
 
I submitted mine last Thursday...5-pages. I'm working on a second one now that there has been a 2-day extension.

I would urge everyone to write in. Numbers matter.

Include the congressional delegation as well as the members of the contract award committee at DOE/NNSA. Make some noise!

We can only hope that the comments will make a difference. I remain skeptical until I see a change that matters. The first offering from LANS was a real insult and a kick in the slats.

Seems sort of hopeless though since LANS needs to achieve a critical "body-count" to make the new budget work. The technical acumen (or lack thereof) of the remaining workforce doesn't seem to matter anymore.
 
To complete b-ohica's closing sentence, "The balls in your court" are ours.
 
Nuts. I hate it when that happens.

--Doug
 
Why we are at requesting change from LANS on what they are offering lets request that on the same day they announce if they are going to let everyone that is eligible to retire, retire on the primary UCRP with medical or do away with it all. I am sure there are many who need the answer to this question. It will be the straw that breaks the camels back. In my opinion there is no excuse for not having the answer to this question, now !!! Hundreds of employees and retirees, along with their associated lawyers are standing by.
 
Folks, right now LANL has the worst benefits package offered at any DOE site. (for anyone not in TCP1) So if 9000 more employees would respond we might get some meaningful changes. This is just a numbers game- as of Thursday DOE/LANS felt that no one really cared because they had only 600 comments.

Ideas:
105 % cap is too low

LANS is chasing a sinking dollar figure for LANL benefits as Big Companies slash benefits- How low can we go next year? Who will come here?

LANL is now compared to large industrial companies- what about adding in big universities?

New hires in TCP2 have no option for earning employer paid retiree health care under LANS.

Employees haven't seen any hard numbers from LANS- just vague promises of equivalence. LANS has actually been evasive.

Gen Y employees are afraid of long-term DOE promises- they need equivalence to last 30 years. Can they have a hybrid plan with healthcare after 20 years service plus a 401?

TCP2 is obviously designed for short term employees- those who come in and work for 5 years or less- Then take their 401 and move on. Will this short timer philosophy work for a national lab?

Anyway - please comment or we are stuck with this. A big response MAY give DOE the excuse to improve the LANS offer.
 
Just got word that the final LANS presentation will be on their site:

Answer: Should be on or about march 7th as DOE has stated.


LANS Transition
HR Communications
 
TCP2 is obviously designed for short term employees- those who come in and work for 5 years or less- Then take their 401 and move on. Will this short timer philosophy work for a national lab?

Why not? This is how the young people get their pay raises. The know better then to stay with a company for to long because if they do, they too will be taken for granted as we have. Think about it. Who are the smart ones? In turn this will give LANS new blood every five years so that they can change the rules as they wish without obligations or liabilities on either party's behalf. The old days of working for the same company for 30 years and being loyal are gone. It's eight hours work for eight hours pay and that's that.
 
"The old days of working for the same company for 30 years and being loyal are gone. It's eight hours work for eight hours pay and that's that."

Not true. Check out the Wolseley Company (UK held), aka Ferguson in the USA. When they hire career people they hire for life. It is very very hard to be hired on with them, going through at least three highly competitive interviews. Once they have you, however, you are very well treated. They invest a lot in their employees, and make the employees want to stay on with them. Full paid benefits and a European 'holiday' schedule. You don't need a PhD to earn a living with this company...probably a demerit if you have one.

I think DOE/LANS are pulling over a pretty big one on us and we appear to be just sitting here taking it.
 
emp,

Check out the 1976 film "Network." This is the film that spawned the much quoted line, which is a propos your closing remark.
 
You do in fact have a choice but I doubt that very many people are going to take it. That choice would be to have a mass exodus and walk out, leaving DOE/ NNSA and UC standing their in disbelief. By doing anything else they will never get the point. They will never realize that good dedicated people are hard to come by. Having said that I would be surprised if on March 7th DOE would forget the LANS offer and mirror the primary UCRP. As far as finding a company like Wolseley Company (UK held), aka Ferguson in the USA, well they are far and few between. I still say that 99.9 % of all the companies, burn you out at the fastest rate possible and then begin to hint on the fact that your services are no longer needed. If you procrastinate to long and don't get the hint you will come to work one morning only to find a pink slip on your keyboard, where you will be abruptly escorted out the gate so as to prevent any time for retaliation. It's a different world in corporate America and that is exactly what LANS is going to be. Be warned.
 
When the last of the weapons designers retire under TCP1, there will be no more designers at LANL. TCP2 does not provide the necessary benefits required to keep talented staff at LANL working in a field in which they can not publish nor talk about their work.

I've read post after post about how DOE wanted to make LANL a production facility. TCP2 supports that future.
 
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