Thursday, June 15, 2006

Nuclear Lab Readies Employee Cutbacks

Hi Doug,
FYI:
I don't have the AP URL but this comes from http://www.nti.org/d_newswire/issues/2006_6_15.html#C1104703#C1104703

Nuclear Lab Readies Employee Cutbacks


The number of nuclear weapons personnel working at the Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico is expected to drop by 150 staffers annually in coming years, the Associated Press reported today (see GSN, June 2).

Reductions would be made through attrition rather than layoffs, Sandia Vice President Joan Woodard said in an employee newsletter. The facility also plans to limit future hiring, she said.

While the nuclear weapons budget appears stagnant in upcoming years, the workload is expected to rise, Woodard said.

“We are being challenged to be much more cost-effective as a laboratory,” she said.

Sandia is one of three U.S. nuclear weapons laboratories and is in charge of weapons’ electronics and non-nuclear components (Associated Press, June 15).


Comments:
It's deja-vu time. I remember Sandia saying almost the exact same thing during the LANL RIF of '95. We had a RIF, and Sandia said they thought they could get through their budget shortfalls by using attrition. In the end, I believe even SNL had to layoff some folks.
 
"While the nuclear weapons budget appears stagnant in upcoming years,
the workload is expected to rise, Woodard said." (AP)

More work for less pay seems to be a very familiar theme these days. :-(

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One of the things I have found at Sandia is that they seem to be honest about the problems facing the organization from the top down. This has an effect that the population as a whole seems to take it to heart.
 
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This is why LLNL can only hope that the UC does not get the contract.

Given a choice, I would have greatly preferred the LM corporate environment at LANL to that of LANS. "There is just too much bad blood from the continued UC presence here." AND "the good old boy system is alive and well."
 
Honesty is but one of the differences between LM and UC/Bechtel. Given a choice, I would have greatly preferred the LM corporate environment at LANL to that of LANS. There is just too much bad blood from the continued UC presence here.
 
I agree, check out the CA (Contract Assurance) division, offfice whatever. There are 50+ highly paid ex-managers in that group and a lot of the names will be quite familiar. Its loaded with boneheads and deadwood.
 


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