Saturday, May 06, 2006

Payment of GRT is likely to cause job losses

"...[State Rep. Jeannette] Wallace said the payment of GRT for the first
time in Lab history is likely to cause job losses. The Lab budget was not
increased significantly, but the additional cost of GRT is a significant
increase to costs.
"There's no way you can take $60 to $70 million out of their budget and
there not be a loss of jobs," she said. "You're looking at a loss of
revenues that's eventually going to lead to a loss of jobs because the
budget hasn't been increased from Washington." "

Rio Grande Sun, 4 May 2006
EspaƱola Wants Share
of LANL Tax Windfall

Comments:
"There's no way you can take $60 to $70 million out of their budget and
there not be a loss of jobs," she said. "You're looking at a loss of
revenues that's eventually going to lead to a loss of jobs because the
budget hasn't been increased from Washington."

ARE THESE IDIOTS JUST FIGURING THIS OUT NOW?
 
LANS has promised "no RIFS in FY'07", remember? And a
promise is a promise. Your salaries, however, will be in
for a major hair-cut in FY '07 to help keep this promise.

Get ready for it. Of course, they won't say a word about
all this until sometime after June 1st. I would plan on
at least a 5% "temporary" reduction in salaries from the start.

Picture that 5% reduction as a type of "kick-back" scheme
to our local politicos (GRT) and Bechtel/BWXT (management
profit fees) so that you can keep your job at LANL. It's
like a throw back to the bad ol' days in America at the
turn of the century when workers had no rights and the
Robber Barons ruled the roost.
 
Good2go is a bit smarter than the average lab rat. Not that the math was all that challenging, mind you, but he's certainly identified the most likely scenario for what is going to happen after July 1.
 
Really too bad. We are not permitted to have a RIF. The 1995 RIF did in fact clear out some deadwood and reduce the number of people in overhead areas.

Regardless, the cronyism and nepotism will not allow a competent RIF to clear out the deadwood.

SO, instead, across the board salary reductions will affect the overpaid deadwood as well as the underpaid high achievers.

Such across the board actions are taken in lieu of judgement and will lead to mediocraty.
 
RIF would do some good around here.
 
Yes, a RIF might do some good in clearing out deadwood. However, I
remember the RIF of '95 all too well. It was very sad seeing mostly
men of late middle age (50+) being thrown out and their families
destroyed. Lots of divorces and substance abuse problems resulted
from this gut-wrenching period. For all you folks who seem so keen
on a RIF, perhaps you should be the ones that have to go look your
fellow staff members in the eyes and tell them "your fired". Unless
you've had to do that, you have no idea just how painful it can be
to both managers and the folks who eventually end up getting RIF'ed.
Firing someone will most definitely ruin your day, your week, and
probably your whole next year. Some who are overly eager for a RIF
might also be surprised to find that they are the very ones who get
caught up on the pink list. RIF's are not "fair", by any means.
Having a new manager who doesn't much care for you can be all it
takes to find your name on the dreaded pink RIF list.
 
good2go, can you refresh my memory on where and when "LANS has promised "no RIFS in FY'07", remember?"

No one I speak to seems to be able to point to this. Thanks.
 
So far, I've only heard it verbally from upper management
levels. It is definitely not a rumor. It's also easy to
understand why LANS might not want to start out on a bad
footing with the staff by immediately launching into a RIF.

However, budget shortfalls can only be held off for so long,
and the items causing these shortfalls are going to be with
us for a very long time. Common sense dictates that a RIF
will become very likely sometime after FY' 07.
 
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