Thursday, June 15, 2006
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).
the workload is expected to rise, Woodard said." (AP)
More work for less pay seems to be a very familiar theme these days. :-(
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."