Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Remember - we were the first!

Please post anonymously. I am still active employee and my group leader reads BLOG often. Thanks.

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Recently employees of Fermilab were addressed by their lab director in a public comment, of being "cowboys", in reference to their safety culture or lack thereof. Their director is a respected physicist, not a retired rear admiral from the Navy. They were not "buttheads", however. Evidently, name-calling is getting around. His comment was ostricised by others in management, and he supposedly regretted the comment - having said it after getting excessive oversight (heat?) from DOE over issues. Whether he apologized for it is unknown. I shared our corporate story on being not only "cowboys" but "butthead cowboys" with a FNAL manager, with a big smile. Is it possible that having this label is becoming a cult status among national labs? Remember - we were the first! Be proud of that. Wear your hats with pride.

Comments:
Be thankful that we, the "best and brightest" on the planet, weren't labeled "low hanging fruit." Remember the laid off workers of 1995? What a disgraceful episode that was as well.
 
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