Wednesday, June 21, 2006
It had sought to stop paying defined-benefit plans for contractors' new hires. Officials will review the issue.
WASHINGTON - Under pressure from labor unions and some members of Congress, the Department of Energy has reversed an earlier decision to cease paying defined-benefit pensions for newly hired employees of government contractors.
The changes would have applied to contractors who run a number of projects and research sites on the Energy Department's behalf, including the Sandia, Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories in New Mexico and California, Georgia's Savannah River nuclear weapons and materials site, and the Hanford nuclear-waste cleanup site in Washington state.
Did I miss something? LANL is a done deal - all new hires into TCP2, and Lockheed has said new Sandia employees were not included in the closing of their DB plan for all other LM employees. So who in NM is Sen Domenici helping?
The issue will vanish from all radar screens in the heat of a presidential election.